IRAN: Human rights lawyer Shadi Sadr reportedly arrested

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Prominent lawyer, women’s rights activist and journalist Shadi Sadr was arrested by plainclothes policemen on her way to Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s much-anticipated Friday sermon, according to several reformist websites.

The activist group blog Mothers of Laleh reported that Sadr was walking with several other female activists when she was approached by individuals in civilian dress who refused to show a warrant before forcing her into a waiting car.

Conflicting reports say she called her husband to ask for a computer password or a cellphone personal identification number, but her whereabouts are still unknown.

Sadr, who also edits the Farsi news website, was arrested and held for two weeks in 2007. She has clashed with authorities numerous times over her outspoken stance on women’s rights and capital punishment.


-- Meris Lutz in Beirut