A human rights lawyer returned to prison to “continue serving his sentence”

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Amirsalar Davoodi, a human rights activist and lawyer who was temporarily released from prison in June last year after around 2 years and 7 months in prison, was returned to prison on Sunday.

Mr Davoodi’s wife, Tannaz Kolahchian, tweeted that the human rights lawyer had been returned to prison “to continue serving his sentence”.

Amirsalar Davoudi was arrested on November 20, 2018 by security agents at his law firm.

He learned on May 28, 2019, that Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran had sentenced him to a total of 30 years’ imprisonment and 111 lashes, on six counts including “insulting the Supreme Leader” and ” spreading propaganda against the system” and “forming a group for the purpose of disrupting national security” in relation to his human rights work.

After Mr Davoodi appealed the verdict, it was overturned by the Supreme Court, however Branch 28 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court upheld his 30-year prison sentence in August last year.

He was released on bail from Rajaie Shahr prison in Alborz province on June 13, 2021.

His provisional release was followed by the decision of Chamber 41 of the Supreme Court to accept his request for a new trial, due to irregularities in the judicial conduct of his trial.

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