Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Pirabbasi, has sentenced human rights lawyer Abdolfatah Soltanti to 18 years in prison and 20 years barred from law practice, on charges of “Propaganda Against the Regime”, “Establishing the Defenders of Human Rights Center” and “Assembly and collusion with intend to act against the System”.
Included in Soltani’s charges is earning of illegal income by receiving the Nuremberg prize for Human Rights.
Abdolfatah Soltani was awarded the Nuremberg Prize for Human Rights awarded by the mayor of Nuremberg, Germany to human rights activists. Soltani’s wife accepted his award on his behalf.
The Nuremberg Prize has been awarded yearly to a human rights activist since 1995.
Abdolfatah Soltani was arrested on September 10, 2011 and was incarcerated in Ward 209 of Evin prison.
Abdolfatah Soltani, born on November 2, 1953, is a human rights lawyer, a member of the Defenders of Human Rights Center and is on the board of directors of the Bar Association.
During his practice, he defended many human rights cases including cases of the political activists, student activists, journalists and more.
Soltani was also arrested in 2006 and was incarcerated in solitary confinement in Evin Ward 209 for 219 days.
He was charged by Judge Mortazavi with espionage due to disclosing of information from his client’s cases who were charged with espionage.
He was sentenced to five years in prison and five years ban on civil activities by the lower court in that case. However the Appeals Court exonerated him of all charges after 219 days in prison.
The Judicial System released him without any apology or any attempt to restore his good name. His efforts to prosecute the judicial authorities in that case did not succeed.
This prominent attorney was also arrested on June 16, 2009 after the contested presidential election. After two months of incarceration he was released on 100 Million Toman bail on August 27, 2009.