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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Adapted from website:] HRANA - Human Rights Activists News Agency

[Date:] 10 Bahman 1399 [29 January 2021]

 

Three Baha’i Citizens Were Sentenced to a Total of 12 Years and 9 Months in Prison Under Tazir Law[1]

HRANA News Agency – Mahvash Edalati Aliabadi, Sepideh Keshavarz and Farid Esmaili, Baha’i citizens living in Tehran, were each sentenced by Branch 28 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court to four years and three months in prison under tazir law. If this sentence is upheld on appeal, under Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, three years and seven months of imprisonment will be considered as a severe punishment.

According to the HRANA news agency, Mahvash Edalati Aliabadi, Sepideh Keshavarz and Farid Esmaili, Baha’i citizens living in Tehran, were sentenced to prison by the Tehran Revolutionary Court.

According to this ruling, which was issued on 21 Dey [10 January] of this year, by Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, presided over by Judge Mohammad Reza Amouzad, and has been communicated to these citizens in recent days, Mahvash Edalati Aliabadi, Sepideh Keshavarz and Farid Esmaili were sentenced to three years and seven months in prison on charges of “assembly and collusion against national security through the Baha’i administration” and eight months in prison on charges of “engaging in propaganda against the regime by way of promoting and spreading the Baha’i sect”.

If this sentence is upheld on appeal, under Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, three years and seven months of imprisonment will be considered as a severe punishment.

The court hearing on the charges against these individuals was held in this branch in the second week of Dey [end of December/beginning of January].

During a new wave of security crackdowns on Baha’i citizens, on 29 Aban 1397 [20 November 2018], the home of Mahvash Edalati Aliabadi was searched by the security forces and a number of her personal belongings, including religious books were confiscated. This Baha’i citizen was summoned with a written summons to the Evin Courthouse on 5 Azar [26 November] of that year and detained after an interrogation. She was finally released on bail on 7 Azar [28 November], pending the conclusion of the trial.

On 29 Aban 1397 [20 November 2018], Sepideh Keshavarz was also arrested by the security forces and was released from Evin Prison on bail the next day until the conclusion of the trial. The officers searched the home and confiscated a number of her books and personal belongings.

During this wave, the security forces arrived at Farid Esmaili’s home at 8:00 a.m. on 29 Aban 1397 [20 November 2018], and searched the premises, confiscated a number of personal belongings, books, and photographs related to the Baha’i Faith, and summoned this Baha’i citizen to the Evin Courthouse.

 

[1]  [Tazir (discretionary punishment):  Punishment with maximum and minimum limits determined by law and judge, respectively.]