Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been released from prison in Iran reportedly one of 11 political prisoners who were being held in the country.
The fifty-year-old’s husband confirmed her release to a media outlet in a radio interview saying, “it’s not a temporary release it’s freedom.”
The news comes just days before Iran’s new President Hassan Rohani visits New York for the UN General Assembly.
Nasrin Soutedeh was last year’s winner of the European Parliament’s Sakharov prize. Her incarceration meant she was unable to attend. She was arrested in 2010 and jailed for six years on charges of acting against national security.
Reformist politician Mohsen Aminzadeh is reportedly among those who have been released. He was jailed three years ago for organising protests. There has been no official comment on the freeing of the prisoners.