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Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh poses with her husband, Reza Khandan, her son Nima and her daughter Mehraveh at her home in Tehran on Sept. 18, 2013, after being freed following three years in prison.
Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, seen by campaign groups as Iran's highest profile political prisoner, was freed on Wednesday, in another sign that hardline policies may be easing under a new president.
Other prisoners linked to the mass protests after the disputed 2009 re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were also freed, opposition website Kaleme reported, raising hopes among activists for a possible reconciliation between Iran's conservative religious leadership and its pro-reform critics.
Arrested in September 2010, Sotoudeh was serving a six-year term for spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security. Read the full story.
NBC's Ann Curry interviewed human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh as part of a June 2009 Dateline special report: 'Inside Iran'.
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