In an interview with IHR, imprisoned human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh’s husband, Reza Khandan says the Evin Prosecutor’s Office’s decision to freeze his bank accounts is the latest attempt by judiciary and security agencies to further pressure Nasrin Sotoudeh and her family.
Kin punishment, the practice of punishing family members, and punishing individual/s who have no connection to the commission of an alleged crime, have long been outlawed in democratic societies. This is known as the principle of the individualisation of punishment in criminal law. Accordingly, freezing Mr Khandan’s bank accounts in order to further pressure Nasrin Sotoudeh, would be in breach of the principle of the individualisation of punishment.
Reza Khandan’s bank accounts have been frozen by judicial officials on the orders of the Evin Prosecutor’s Office without any reasons given.