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Freed Iranian lawyer Sotoudeh expects government to release others

By Yeganeh Torbati DUBAI (Reuters) - Newly-released Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh said on Thursday she expected President Hassan Rouhani's government to free hundreds of other people jailed for their political beliefs to show it is serious about reform. In a tentative sign that hardline policies are being eased in the Islamic Republic following Rouhani's inauguration last month, authorities freed Sotoudeh and at least 10 other prominent prisoners on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to reports on opposition websites.

Iran's Sotoudeh freed, says will keep defending rights

Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and several political prisoners were freed on Wednesday, a week before President Hassan Rowhani's highly anticipated appearance before the UN General Assembly. Shortly after her release, Sotoudeh told AFP by phone from home that she was in "good" physical and psychological condition after three years in prison, and pledged to continue defending human rights.

Iran's Sotoudeh freed, says will keep defending rights

Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and several political prisoners were freed on Wednesday a week before President Hassan Rowhani's highly anticipated appearance before the UN General Assembly. Shortly after her release, Sotoudeh told AFP by phone from home that she was in "good" condition after three years in prison, and pledged to continue defending human rights.

Nasrin Sotoudeh, Iranian defender of human rights

Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, freed Wednesday after three years in prison, is a leading Iranian defender of human rights who was jailed for her work with Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi. Hailing from a religious middle class family, the mother of two was among the few lawyers to take on high profile human rights and political cases in Iran before her arrest in 2010. She told AFP by phone from her home shortly after her release that she was in good physical and psychological condition and promised to "definitely" continue her human rights work.

Iran's Sotoudeh says will continue defending rights

Prominent Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh told AFP on Wednesday she was in "good" condition after three years in prison, and that she would continue defending human rights. "Psychologically, my condition is very good but my experience -- with all the psychological pressure, the tense security atmosphere (at the prison), and not having access to phone calls among other things -- was very tough," an energetic Sotoudeh told AFP by phone from her home.

Iran's Sotoudeh says will continue defending rights

Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh told AFP Wednesday she was in "good" physical and psychological condition after being freed after three years in prison, and pledged to continue her human rights work. "Psychologically, my condition is very good but my experience -- with all the psychological pressure, the tense security atmosphere, and not having access to make phone calls as well as other things -- was very tough," an energetic Sotoudeh told AFP by phone from her home.

Iranian rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh freed

Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and several political prisoners jailed for their involvement in the 2009 anti-government protests were released on Wednesday, reports said. The reports came a week before new moderate President Hassan Rowhani, who has promised more freedoms at home, travels to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly.

Iranian rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh freed

Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, imprisoned for her human rights work since 2010, has been pardoned and freed from prison, the ISNA news agency reported on Wednesday. It said other people detained after unrest that followed the disputed 2009 re-election of president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were also released, but gave no details. Sotoudeh had been serving an 11-year prison sentence for defending political prisoners and aiding the human rights work of Nobel peace prize winner Shirin Ebadi. The official charge against her was "conspiring against state security".

Iran frees jailed human rights lawyer: husband

By Yeganeh Torbati DUBAI (Reuters) - Imprisoned Iranian lawyer and human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh has been freed by the authorities, her husband said on Wednesday. Sotoudeh had been serving a six-year sentence after being arrested in September 2010 and convicted of spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security. Her husband Reza Khandan told Reuters Sotoudeh was dropped off at their home by prison authorities on Wednesday evening.

Jailed Iranian rights lawyer Sotoudeh temporarily freed

DUBAI, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Jailed Iranian lawyer and rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh was temporarily freed on Thursday for three days after more than two years in prison, her husband and an opposition news website said. Sotoudeh has been serving a six-year prison sentence after being arrested in September 2010 and convicted of spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security. Reza Khandan, Sotoudeh's husband, wrote on his Facebook profile on Thursday evening that she had been granted the furlough.
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