Reza Khandan, the husband of 56-year-old Nasrin, said on Facebook that his wife's verdict was delivered to her in jail and that it was "five years imprisonment for her first case and 33 years imprisonment with 148 lashes for the second case". However, she denied all the charges.
It's not clear why the judge in the case is saying the sentence is seven years when it appears to be 38, but in either case, this is ridiculous punishment for trumped-up charges.
"We are deeply concerned about Ms. Sotoudeh's conviction and the prison sentence imposed".
"Worrying patterns of intimidation, arrest, prosecution, and ill-treatment of human rights defenders, lawyers, and labour rights activists signal an increasingly severe state response", Rehman said.
The experts also expressed deep concern that Ms. Sotoudeh had not received a fair trial.
"I don't know how many years she got for each of the charges because my conversation with Nasrin only lasted a few minutes and we didn't get to the details", the center quoted Khandan as saying. Instead, she was apparently asked to choose from a list of lawyers pre-approved by the Iranian judiciary. The organization has also issued a statement calling for her immediate and unconditional release.
Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested from her house eight months ago.
GCHR respectfully reminds you that the United Nations Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognised Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, adopted by consensus by the UN General Assembly on 9 December 1998, recognises the legitimacy of the activities of human rights defenders, their right to freedom of association and to carry out their activities without fear of reprisals.
It said there were no grounds to justify the restriction of her rights and noted a number of violations of global standards relating to the right to a fair trial. Her deprivation of liberty was therefore found by the Working Group to have been arbitrary**.
Javaid Rehman, the United Nations investigator on human rights in Iran raised Sotoudeh's case at the United Nations human rights council in Geneva on Monday.
"Lawyers play an essential role in ensuring the protection of human rights".
The condemnation of the lawyer and activist has raised an indignant response from most of the worldwide community, including human rights NGOs and various Western chancelleries.
The experts stated that any prison term for defending human rights was a serious violation of Iran's worldwide obligations.