Iran’s hard-line judiciary has sentenced a prominent human rights lawyer to nine years in jail and barred him from working as an attorney for 10 years after he was convicted of seeking to overthrow the ruling system.
Lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, a founder along with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi of the Center for the Defenders of Human Rights, was also banned from teaching at university for 10 years.
The semiofficial ISNA news agency reported yesterday the lawyer has also been sentenced to pay the equivalent of $300 dollars for possessing a satellite TV receiver in his apartment. Dadkhah says he will appeal.
The only reason for Dadkhah’s jailing is that he has devoted his time and energy to representing Iranian dissidents. This sorry episode confirms, yet again, my longstanding belief that the Iranian people are significantly better than their current leadership class could ever hope to be.