Human-Rights Attorney Featured in Jafar Panahi’s ‘Taxi’ Sentenced to 33 Years in Prison and 148 Lashes

Published on Mar 16, 2019

Nasrin Sotoudeh, a human-rights attorney featured in Jafar Panahi’s “Taxi,” has received a 33-year prison sentence from the Iranian government. The harsh punishment comes after what Amnesty International describes as “two grossly unfair trials,” bringing Sotoudeh’s total sentence to 38 years. The lawyer and activist most recently earned attention for defending women who protest Iran’s hijab laws.

Panahi himself is seen as a victim of his country’s government, as he received a six-year prison sentence and 20-year ban on filmmaking in 2010 after being charged with propaganda against the regime. He was also barred from leaving the country. The move was met with widespread condemnation from the international film community, and an ever-defiant Panahi reacted in part by covertly directing four more films — including “Taxi,” which won the Berlin Film Festival’s Golden Bear in 2015.

Sotoudeh was first imprisoned in 2010, also for spreading what Iranian authorities referred to as propaganda,

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Author: Michael Nordine