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Nasrin Sotoudeh Summoned to Court,Her Office and Her Residence Have Been Raided

Wednesday 1 September 2010

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Feminist school :Nasrin Sotoodeh, a lawyer and activist, said that she is expected to appear in court within the three days upon the received of a summon that was delivered to her following a raid on her home and office few days ago. The Summon indicated that she is charged with “cooperation and connivance against the security of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and making propaganda against the state.”

She denied this charges as unfunded, and called them sheer accusations, However she said depending on if summon has been issued lawfully or not, and upon the advices of her lawyers she would decide whether to appear in court or not.

This kind of attack to the offices of human rights activists and lawyers has not been unprecedented since the fraudulent election of June 2009. Abdolfattah Soltani and Mohammad Ali Dadkhah were among several lawyers and activists who spent months in prisons and still all kinds of pressures, and restrictions are imposed on them. Mohammad Oliaii is still in prison. Mohammad Seifzadeh is awaiting his trial on Sept 13. Khalil Bahramian was summoned to the court for investigation and Saleh Nikbakht is subject to a similar charge.

Sotoudeh considers all these arrests and summons as a regime strategy to pressure the lawyers and activists so that defending the political prisoners become impossible.

Stoodeh’s office and her residence have been raided few times by the government security forces. The first time her office and home was raided when she was defending Arash Rahmani, in which not only her computer and mobile, but her husband’s computers and her children’s were all confiscated. They also confiscated many of her clients’ files including files regarding to Shirin Ebadi. Indeed, she thinks that many of these harassments are geared to her relationship with Ebadi. The authorities had called her husband five months ago to advise her to stay out of Ebadi’s case. She thinks that this recent summon is just a mean to intimidate her and to force her to quit her case.

She also objected to the fact that authorities access to her home and office has been under false pretence. They entered the building pretending they are postman, and then by lied to her husband that she is already in court under the investigation so they court search her property.

She said these are all false accusations and a cliché method used commonly for all.

She also added that with all these pressures imposed on the lawyer, little by little the notion of “defence” would become a passé and would be abolished from our judiciary system.

She said if this summon is issued lawfully, surly, I would appear in court. Today September 4th 2010 she attends the court with her lawyer Nasim Ghanavi.

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