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Mohammad Ali Dadkhah

Iran Co-founder Defender of Human Rights Center (DHRC) serving his prison sentence of 9 years

Mohammad Ali Dadkhah represented may supporters of the opposition and activists who were arrested after the presidential elections in 2009. He was also co-founder of the Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC) in 2001.

On 4 July 2011, he was given a nine-year prison term and barred from working as a lawyer for ten years. He was charged with attempting to overthrow the regime. The charges are related to his representation of arrested protesters. His prosecution could also be the result of his involvement in the foundation of the DHRC, since other founders have been prosecuted for the same reason.

Examples are the lawyers Shirin Ebadi, Mohammad Seifzadeh, Mohammad Sharif and Abdolfatah Soltani. The DHRC is presently led by Shirin Ebadi, lawyer and Nobel laureate, who took the initiative for the foundation of the DHRC and had to leave Iran because of the many repressive measures of its government.

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Iran Jail sentence Ali Dadkhah upheld in appeal

07 May 12 On April 28 2012, Mr. Mohammad Ali Dadkhah was found guilty also in appeal on charges of “actions and propaganda against the Islamic regime”, in retaliation for his human rights activities. On 4 July 2011, he was given a nine-year prison term and barred from working as a lawyer for ten years. He was charged with […]

Iran Mohammed Ali Dadkhah convicted to 9 years in prison

06 Jul 11 Lawyer and co-founder of the Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC) Mohammad Ali Dadkhah was convicted to a nine-year prison sentence and barred from working as a lawyer for ten years on 4 July 2011. He was charged with attempting to overthrow the ruling system, according to semi-official news agency ISNA. Dadkhah represented many supporters […]

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