Abdolfattah Soltani

The wife of detained human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani says the prolonged detention of her husband under unknown conditions is “immoral and illegal.”

Massoumeh Dehghan told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Iranian authorities have so far refused to process Soltani’s case. She said her husband has been told by authorities that it is simply taking them a long time to review his file.

Soltani is a prominent Iranian lawyer who has defended several human rights cases, including those of Akbar Ganji, Haleh Esfandiaria and Zahra Kazemi.

He had been previously arrested after the controversial 2009 elections and was released on bail after 70 days.

In the aftermath of the 2009 election protests, several human rights lawyers have been arrested and persecuted by the Islamic Republic authorities. The establishment claims that human rights organizations are being used to wage a “soft war” against the regime.