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Javid Houtan Kian

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th June 2011.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have about the wellbeing of the Iranian lawyer, Javid Houtan Kian.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

We are aware of reports alleging the torture of Javid Houtan Kian and his sentencing to seven years in jail with a further four-year suspended sentence. We are working to verify this information with international partners, but if true, both constitute gross violations of Mr Kian's human rights. Mr Kian was a court-appointed lawyer simply defending his client to the best of his ability. The harassment he and his family have been subject to is entirely unacceptable and should cease. We raised his case with the Iranian Embassy in London on 18 May 2011.

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