TEHRAN -- Iranian attorney and human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh was freed for three days from a Tehran prison after more than two years behind bars.
"She is suffering from digestive system disorder, her mom is recently deceased, so she needs to be out of jail to spend time with her children and family and restore her health," her husband, Reza Khandan, told The Times. Sotoudeh herself did not speak with the media.
Sotoudeh, who is known for defending Iranian dissidents, was convicted of undermining national security and spreading propaganda against the government after she spoke out against the unannounced execution of one of her clients. She is serving six years in prison, a sentence that the U.S. State Department and human rights groups condemn as an unjust attempt to silence her.
The U.N. human rights office welcomed news of her temporary release, which allowed her to rejoin her family this week.
“We hope that the temporary leave will be extended and that Ms. Sotoudeh will soon be indefinitely released,” U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights spokesman Rupert Colville said.