Lawyer and human rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested in Iran on Sunday after attending the funeral of Armita Geravand, a teenager who died on Saturday after a month in intensive care due to brain injuries allegedly inflicted by Iran’s morality police. Geravand was said to have encountered the morality police when she was found not wearing a hijab at a metro station on October 1.
In a statement issued by Sotudeh’s husband, Reza Khandan, it was confirmed that Sotoudeh and other attendees of Geravand’s funeral were arrested by Iranian authorities. Khandan stated that those who were arrested “were first moved to Shahreri and then to the minister’s detention center” and that witnesses have informed him that Sotoudeh was “arrested with a severe beating.” He further confirmed that he has not been able to contact his wife following her arrest.
Sotoudeh previously spoke out in condemnation of Geravand’s arrest and subsequent death, calling it a “murder”. Via Facebook on Saturday, she stated:
Yet another governmental murder, this time Armita … a murder that every Iranian can feel next to his own ears. We have lost our two young girls in the subways, now we can protect our young people by being massive in the subways. Until the trial of the perpetrators and commanders of these governmental murders is over. Woman-life-freedom
According to Khandan, Sotoudeh and the other people who were arrested, have been sent to Qarchak prison. One woman was released due to a “severe seizure.”