The lawyer of executed Dervish was arrested for asserting her client was innocent

The lawyer of executed Dervish was arrested for asserting her client was innocent

Published by on June 23, 2018

Zeinab Taheri, the lawyer of Mohammad Salas, who was executed on Monday, 18 June, has been arrested for telling media that her client was innocent and should not have been executed.

In this regard Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said: “It’s telling that Zeinab Taheri’s arrest followed her public announcement that she intended to publish key evidence pointing to Mohammad Salas’ innocence. Her arrest exposes yet again the Iranian authorities’ relentless persecution of lawyers who speak out against torture and unfair trials”.

After execution of Mohammad Salas his lawyer, Zeinab Taheri publicly called out the unfairness of his trial, including the dismissal of key evidence indicating his innocence.

It has been reported that she has been transferred to Gharchak prison in Varamin, an infamous prison where several hundred women prisoners of ordinary offences are held in an overcrowded and filthy facility.


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