Iran arrests outspoken husband of jailed human rights lawyer

Human Rights Activists in Iran

Reza Khandan, the husband of a jailed lawyer was arrested today after going to the Evin Prison Court to answer a summons he received one week ago.
His charges are not known and according to his family, a 50 million toman (about 50,000 dollar) bail order has been issued for him, but the bail money his sister in law posted was not accepted by the court.
Mr. Khandan was summoned after a court issued a prison sentence for his wife. The recent pressures on him are probably because he had given interviews to the media and because of his efforts to free his wife.
Nasrin Sutodeh, his wife who is a lawyer and human rights activist, is still in a solitary cell in Evin Prison despite several hunger strikes in protest to the illegal charges made against her and despite international pressure.
She was arrested on September 4, 2010 and was sentenced to 11 years of prison and a 20 year ban on leaving the country and practicing law.

رضا خندان، همسر نسرين ستوده بازداشت شد
رضا خندان، همسر نسرين ستوده، صبح امروز بر طبق احضاريه اي که هفته پيش دريافت کرده بود، به دادسراي زندان اوين مراجعه کرده و بازداشت شد.
اتهام خندان مشخص نيست و به گفته اعضاي خانواده وي قرار 50 ميليون کفالت براي آزادي ايشان صادر شده، اما کفالت خواهر خانم ستوده براي آزادي آقاي خندان پذيرفته نشده است.
به گزارش تغيير براي برابري، احضار آقاي خندان بعد از اعلام حکم همسرش صورت گرفته است. احتمال مي رود فشارهاي اخير به آقاي خندان به دليل مصاحبه ها و تلاش هاي ايشان براي آزادي همسرش باشد.
نسرين ستوده وکيل و فعال حقوق بشر با وجود چندين اعتصاب غذا در اعتراض به اتهامات غيرقانوني خود و فشارهاي بين المللي هم چنان در زندان اوين و در سلول انفرادي به سر مي برد.
وي روز 13 شهريورماه سال جاري بازداشت شد و طي حکمي به 11 سال حبس، 20 سال ممنوعيت خروج از کشور و وکالت محکوم شده است. (هرانا – 26/10/89)


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