Iranian court summons Nobel Peace Prize winner

[JURIST] An Iranian court has summoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi [Nobel Committee biography] for questioning on an undisclosed matter, indicating that she must appear by Sunday or face prison. Ebadi, Iran's first female judge, won the Nobel in 2003 for her defense of women's and children's rights, founding the Iranian Children's Rights Society [advocacy website]. She lost her judgeship after the revolution that brought Islamic hardliners to power; in 2000, she received a suspended sentence for distributing a videotape accusing conservative leaders of physically attacking reformers. Most recently she has represented the family of Zahra Kazemi [CBC News backgrounder], a Canadian-Iranian photographer murdered under suspicious circumstances in 2003 after being arrested for taking photographs of a prison. BBC News has more.

 

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