The Iranian legal system operates in the shadows. Many defendants—especially those accused of politically motivated offenses—do not even know what they are charged with or what evidence exists against them. They have only limited access, if any, to their lawyers, and they are subjected to torture to extract confessions which can be used against them.
Trials for people facing serious charges, including those punishable by the death penalty, can last just a few short minutes. Individuals trapped in this system are in desperate need of expert and committed legal representation and dozens of them, many of whom indigent or marginalized members of society, found just that in the person of the heroic Mohammad Mostafaei (pictured).
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