Britain hails release of Iranian rights lawyer

AFP , Wednesday 18 Sep 2013

Sotoudeh said she was in 'good' physical and psychological condition after being freed after three years in prison, and pledged to continue her human rights work

British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Wednesday welcomed Iran's release of lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and other political prisoners, saying he hoped for further reforms under President Hassan Rowhani.

The release came a week before Hague is due to meet his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif at the UN General Assembly in New York as both countries seek to restore relations suspended after an attack on the British embassy in Tehran in 2011.

"I welcome reports that a number of Iranian political prisoners, including human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, have been released from prison today. This will come as a great relief to their families and supporters around the world," Hague said in a statement.

"The UK hopes to see further improvements in Iran's human rights record under President Rowhani's new government," Hague added.

Sotoudeh told AFP Wednesday she was in "good" physical and psychological condition after being freed after three years in prison, and pledged to continue her human rights work.

The moderate Rowhani, who is also due at the UN next week, has promised more freedoms in Iran.

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