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Iranian Lawyer Gets 9 Years for Defending Clients on Death Row

Posted May 9, 2012 3:25 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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An Iranian lawyer has been sentenced to nine years in prison for defending clients facing the death penalty.

In a telephone interview from Tehran, attorney Mohammad Ali Dadkhah told the British newspaper the Guardian that he has also been banned from practicing law or teaching at universities for another 10 years after that.

He said he was convicted of acting contrary to national security, spreading propaganda and having banned books at home. "I was in a court in Tehran defending one of my clients, Davoud Arjangi, a jailed political activist on death row when the judge told me that my own sentence has been approved and I will be shortly summoned to jail to serve the nine-year sentence," he told the newspaper.

UPI also has a story.

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