Lawyers who defend prisoners of conscience in Iran have been sentenced to prison themselves by the Islamic courts in the past. Arresting the physicians who treat Iranian political prisoners however is a new development in the Islamic Republic.
Dr. Hessam Firoozi who is treating Ahmad Batebi, was arrested in his house earlier today. Several plain clothes intelligence ministry agents turned up with an arrest warrant at Dr. Firoozi's house and took him away after searching the doctor's house and belongings.
Dr. Firoozi had contacted the press, prior to his arrest, and expressed concerns for his client's well being. Dr. Firoozi also treated Iranian dissident, Akbar Ganji, in the past.
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