Nasrin Sotoudeh files complaint against the judge presiding her case
Nasrin Sotoudeh has filed a complaint with the SSF Court for Judges against Mohammad Moghisseh, the judge presiding her case.
Her lawyer, Payam Derafshan, spoke to the official IRNA news agency on his client’s complaint. Nasrin Sotoudeh has accused Mohammad Moghisseh of issuing verdicts outside the jurisdiction of the indictment, breaching impartiality in the due process, and ordering illegal arrests, in addition to a number of other breaches. (The official IRNA news agency – September 30, 2018)
According to the testimony of former political prisoners, Mohammad Moghisseh, alias Nasserian, was an interrogator in the 1980s. He presently presides over Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court.
Moghisseh has accused Nasrin Sotoudeh of disseminating propaganda against the state, insulting the mullahs’ supreme leader, and espionage.
A skillful lawyer in command of legal affairs and the due process, Nasrin Sotoudeh deems her arrest as unjust. In August, she sent out an open letter, explaining the reasons for her refusal to appear before the court and present her defense. She also did not accept to be released on bail. In protest to her unfair arrest and prosecution, she went on hunger strike from August 25 until October 3, 2018.
The cellmates of Nasrin Sotoudeh say her condition is critical. She has lost a lot of weight and suffers from low blood pressure. She is not able to walk up the stairs and needs to be constantly accompanied by her inmates.
Earlier on Sunday, September 30, 2018, when Nasrin Sotoudeh’s relatives went to visit her, they were not admitted, while the prisoner was not informed that she had visitors.
Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been arrested several times. She was last arrested on June 13, 2018, at her home in Tehran and taken to the Prosecutor’s Office in Evin Prison. She is presently being detained in the Women’s Ward of Evin.