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Legal News
24 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Parliament of Iran [official website, in Persian] on Sunday passed a law defining what constitutes a political crime. Under the country's constitution, individuals accused of committing "public offenses" are guaranteed public trials and other legal protections. Prior to this newly passed law, however, the term "political offenses" was … [read more]

Legal News
20 Aug 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Former Iranian prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi was acquitted Wednesday of murder charges relating to the 2009 killing of three prisoners [JURIST report] which he oversaw. The prisoners were detained in 2009 for protesting against former President Mahmous Ahmedinejad's [BBC profile] disputed re-election - an issue that drew significant global criticism … [read more]

Legal News
10 Dec 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh [JURIST news archive] was arrested last Wednesday on unknown charges, according to her husband Reza Khanda. Khanda reported [AFP report] that the couple's car was surrounded by intelligence agents in Tehran and both were arrested. Khanda stated on his Facebook page,"Nasrin and … [read more]

Legal News
28 Oct 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged Iran Tuesday to stop detaining and harassing human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh [JURIST news archive]. HRW also urged Iranian officials to end interference in the internal affairs of Iran's bar association. HRW stressed that the government and the bar association need to … [read more]

Legal News
19 Oct 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The semi-official news group Iranian Students' News Agency [official website] reported on Sunday that an Iranian court has banned a prominent human rights lawyer from practicing law for three years. Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has won numerous awards for her work, stated that she will not appeal the decision. However, … [read more]

Legal News
1 Apr 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh [Freedom Now backgrounder], has been summoned by the Iranian Intelligence Ministry according to a post on her husband's Facebook page [in Arabic] Tuesday. The summons are thought to be in response to a video [YouTube video, in Arabic] posted online showing Sotoudeh giving … [read more]

Legal News
3 Oct 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] Representatives for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] voiced their concern Tuesday over Iran's recent crackdown on activists speaking out within the nation. The OHCHR is most notably concerned by the September arrest of human rights lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah. According to … [read more]

Legal News
24 Sep 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Faezah Hashemi [The Iranian profile], the daughter of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was arrested on Saturday and taken to Evin Prison to serve a six-month prison sentence. Faezah Hashemi, an outspoken critic of Iran's incumbent government, was arrested [RFE/RL report] upon returning from a trip to London. … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jan 2012
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] The daughter of former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani [BBC profile] was sentenced on Tuesday to six months in prison after being convicted of spreading propaganda against the country's current government. Faezeh Hashemi, who is a former member of Iran's Parliament [official website, in Persian], is also forbidden … [read more]

Legal News
30 Dec 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Court on Wednesday sentenced opposition figure and former Iranian foreign minister Ebrahim Yazdi to eight years in prison for attempting to act against national security. Yazdi was also banned from civic activities for five years [AFP report] in the closed-door trial reportedly held in early November. … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jul 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Prominent Iranian rights lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison and banned from working as a lawyer and a teacher for 10 years after being convicted of seeking to overthrow the government. He had represented [AP report] some of the activists involved in the … [read more]

Legal News
1 Mar 2011
by Aman Kakar

[JURIST] Iranian opposition leaders Mir-Hossein Mousavi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and Mehdi Karroubi [NYT profile; JURIST news archive] and their wives were arrested [Kaleme post, in Persian] and jailed in Heshamatiyeh prison on Monday, according to Mousavi's website Kaleme [website, in Persian]. Judicial authorities denied the arrest [Fars News … [read more]

Legal News
23 Feb 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The Algerian Council of Ministers on Tuesday approved a draft ordinance repealing the country's 19-year state of emergency, delivering on a promise made the week before [JURIST report]. The draft ordinance will have the force of law upon publication in the Official Journal of Algeria [official website], which the … [read more]

Legal News
21 Feb 2011
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The Libyan government is considering adopting a constitution and allowing greater freedoms, Saif al-Islam, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC profile], announced Monday in a televised address [video] following several days of protests. In the address, Saif al-Islam also called for an end to the protests, warning of … [read more]

Legal News
20 Feb 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi [NYT profile; JURIST news archive] called Sunday for his own trial to be set up in a public court. In an open letter to the head of the Supreme Judicial System of Iran [GlobaLex backgrounder], Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani [official website, in Farsi], posted on … [read more]

Legal News
18 Feb 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Thursday called for an end to violence against protesters [statement text; video] in Bahrain, referencing recent attempts to quell protests sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa [BBC backgrounder]. Ban said that he is "disturbed by all these violent means of … [read more]

Legal News
15 Feb 2011
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Iranian lawmakers called Tuesday for opposition leaders to face trial and death after Monday's clash with security forces. Thousands of Iranians protested Monday in solidarity with Egypt's revolt against ousted president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile]. Pro-government legislators demanded [AP report] opposition leaders Mir-Hossein Mousavi [BBC profile; JURIST news … [read more]

Legal News
10 Feb 2011
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi [NYT profile; JURIST news archive] has been placed under house arrest [Saham News report, in Persian], according to his website Saham News [website, in Persian]. On Thursday morning, security forces reportedly took control of the area outside of Karroubi's residence and have barred all … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jan 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] Iranian opposition leader Mahdi Karroubi [BBC profile] on Monday publicly invited the government to put him on trial [Kaleme.com report, in Persian] for the civil unrest and violence that erupted in the wake of the hotly disputed 2009 re-election [JURIST news archive] of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [BBC profile; JURIST … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jan 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] Iranian chief prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi delivered a speech at Tehran University on Friday indicating that he would prosecute opposition leaders for political unrest that took place after the country's 2009 presidential election [JURIST news archive]. Dolatabadi threatened to prosecute [NYT report] former presidential candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi … [read more]

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