Reza Khandan, Sotoudeh’s husband, announced the arrest on Facebook on June 13. Khandan also told the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) that the authorities who arrested Sotoudeh told him they were taking her to prison to serve a five-year prison sentence she had received in absentia, although the Iranian authorities had neither previously informed her about nor publicly announced the conviction or sentence. She had previously served three years in prison for her activism.
Security forces previously arrested Sotoudeh on September 4, 2010, and in January 2011 Branch 26 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court sentenced her to 11 years in prison and banned her from practicing law for 20 years. The charges included “acting against national security,” “propaganda against the state,” and “membership in the Center for Human Rights Defenders,” the group formed by the Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi and other lawyers.