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Jailed Iran rights lawyer, seeking medical help, moved to second prison instead

Nasrin Sotoudeh, serving a 12-year sentence after defending women arrested for protesting compulsory headscarf laws, was supposed to be taken for an angiogram, husband says

Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh in her office in Tehran, Iran, on November 1, 2008. (AP/Arash Ashourinia)
Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh in her office in Tehran, Iran, on November 1, 2008. (AP/Arash Ashourinia)

Jailed Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been moved to a women’s detention center outside the capital Tehran instead of receiving the hospital treatment she needs, her husband said Wednesday.

Nasrin Sotoudeh is serving a 12-year sentence after defending women arrested for protesting compulsory headscarf laws

The UN has called on Iran to free Sotoudeh, a winner of the European Parliament’s Sakharov prize, and other political prisoners excluded from a push to empty jails amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Nasrin called me yesterday (Tuesday) to tell me she’s been transferred straight (from Tehran’s Evin jail) to the one in Qarchak,” more than 30 kilometers (20 miles) away, her husband Reza Khandan told AFP.

“We had been expecting her to be sent to hospital for an angiogram” as decided by “the medical commission at Evin prison,” he said.

Khandan has said that health issues prompted Sotoudeh, 57, to end a hunger strike lasting more than 45 days to demand the release of political prisoners and focus attention on their plight due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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