Leading Iranian Lawyer Arrested as Hard-Liners Flex completely new Strength

TEHRAN — A leading human rights lawyer in Iran, Nasrin Sotoudeh, was arrested on Wednesday by security forces, taken through her home in Tehran to the notorious Evin Prison, her husband said.

Mrs. Sotoudeh’s persistent activism has landed her in prison numerous times, in addition to has made her an internationally known symbol of independence inside face of Iran’s restrictive Islamist rule. Most recently, she has been involved in defending women who had been arrested for having taken off their compulsory Islamic head scarves during public protests.

The arrest comes as Iran faces increasing economic pressures stemming through President Trump’s decision in May to withdraw the United States through the 2015 agreement that will limited Iran’s nuclear program. He reimposed broad sanctions against Iran, putting pressure on European businesses not to do business there.

Iranian hard-liners have been empowered since; The judiciary, which is usually dominated by hard-liners, decided last week that will the item could allow only a pool of 20 preselected lawyers to represent those implicated in political cases. Mrs. Sotoudeh, 55, was not one of them.