Mohammad Ali Dadkhah has been sentenced to 9 years in prison


Mohammad Ali Dadkhah has been sentenced to  9 years in prison, a 10-year ban on the practice of law and university teaching, and flogging.

Dadkhah is one of the founders, with Nobel Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, of the Center of Defenders of Human Rights. He was arrested less than a month after the 2009 Presidential election.

Dadkhah said he himself was sentenced on Sunday by a Tehran court to nine years in jail and a 10-year ban on practicing law or teaching at university for "actions and propaganda against the Islamic regime".

The lawyer said he had been criticised for having cooperated with the Centre for the Defence of Human Rights, an organisation founded by Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, as well as for giving interviews to foreign radio stations.

"I have 20 days to lodge an appeal," he said.

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