Lawyer's release suggests softer approach in Iran

The release of human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is being taken as a sign of a less hardline stance by political leaders in Iran.

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She and some other prisoners have been released this week. They were imprisoned after mass protests following the disputed re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president in 2009. She faced a six-year term for spreading propaganda and threatening state security.

Resuming legal career

According to Reuters, she said on her release: 'I am free from prison today and I am glad but I am worried for my friends in prison.' She appears to have been permanently freed, and she plans to resume her legal career. She has defended journalists and other activists.

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