Security agents arrested the lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, at her home in June previous year.
Iran has faced global condemnation after one of the country's most prominent human rights lawyers, detained for eight months, said she had been sentenced to a total of 38 years in prison and 148 lashes, according to her husband.
Nasrin is known for representing women who have protested having to wear the headscarf. After another trial, the court sentenced her to a total of 38 years and 148 lashes.
In an open letter to the Iranian people, and sent by one of the authors to VOA Persia for publication, the group of 16 jurists emphasizes that the sentence violates the commitments enshrined in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic on the subject of human rights and due process.
Several Members of Parliament in Norway are also alarmed and strongly oppose her imprisonment and especially any lashes.
In 2010, Sotoudeh was arrested on charges of spreading propaganda against the state and for conspiring to harm state security.
There have been conflicting reports and statements about the length of the sentences imposed on Sotoudeh, with a judge at Tehran's Revolutionary Court saying earlier this month that she had been sentenced to seven years in prison on two charges.
United States govt has condemned the arrest and said, "We are outraged to hear reports that the Iranian regime sentenced Sotoudeh to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes". Regarding her 2016 conviction, she apparently had no knowledge that espionage charges had been laid against her until she was arrested in 2018.
Halvorsen said Norway's foreign ministry would follow up the concrete case against Sotoudeh, in close cooperation with the European Union and other countries.
"It is utterly outrageous that Iran's authorities are punishing her for her human rights work", Amnesty Internationalsaid in another statement. "This sentence is unjust, illogical and unusual", he has said.
In this file photo taken on September 18, 2013 Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh smiles at her home in Tehran after being freed following three years in prison.
"Nasrin Sotoudeh has dedicated her life to defending women's rights and speaking out against the death penalty", Philip Luther from Amnesty International said.
Amnesty demanded that Nasrin Sotoudeh must be released immediately and unconditionally and the sentence should be quashed without delay.
The condemnation of the lawyer and activist has raised an indignant response from most of the global community, including human rights NGOs and various Western chancelleries.
Khandan, her husband, was sentenced to six years in January for illicitly posting updates about his wife's case on Facebook, but he has yet to be imprisoned on that charge, Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran, which is based in New York, told The New York Times last week.
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