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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:] 16 Esfand 1399 [6 March 2021]

 

With the End of Leave; Four Baha’is are Returned to Bushehr Prison

HRANA News Agency – Today, Saturday, 16 Esfand [6 March], Minou Riazati, Ehteram Sheikhi, Farideh Jaberi and Asadollah Jaberi, four Baha’i citizens, returned to Bushehr Prison, at the end of their leave. In Esfand of last year [February/March 2020], these citizens were sent on leave with a circular from the head of the judiciary regarding the COVID epidemic.

According to the HRANA news agency, the news organ of the Iranian Association of Human Rights Activists, today, Saturday, 16 March 1399 [6 March 2021], four Baha’i citizens, Minou Riazati, Ehteram Sheikhi, Farideh Jaberi, and Asadollah Jaberi, returned to Bushehr Prison at the end of their leave.

In Esfand of last year [February/March 2020], these citizens were sent on leave with a circular issued by the head of the judiciary regarding the COVID outbreak.

Previously, these Baha’i citizens were detained by security forces on 24 Bahman 1396 [13 February 2018], along with three other Baha’i citizens, Emad Jaberi, Farrokh-Lagha Faramarzi, and Pouneh Nasheri. On 22 Esfand [13 March 2018] of the same year, Ehteram Sheikhi, Asadollah Jaberi, Farideh Jaberi and Minou Riazati were temporarily released on 250 million tomans bail pending trial.

The arrest of the Baha’i citizens of Bushehr was accompanied by a thorough search of their homes, and their personal belongings, including laptops, books, flash drives, external hard drives, and family albums, were confiscated by security forces.

According to the verdict issued in the court of first instance, Minou Riazati, Asadollah Jaberi, Ehteram Sheikhi, Farideh Jaberi, Emad Jaberi, Farrokh-Lagha Faramarzi and Pouneh Nasheri were each charged with "membership in the perverse Baha’i sect for the purpose of disruption to the national security”. They were sentenced to 3 years in prison under tazir[1] law and a two-year ban from leaving the country.

The verdict issued against these citizens was upheld in the Bushehr Court of Appeals in Aban 1398 [October/November 2019] after an appeal against the verdict. Finally, these individuals were arrested on 5 Bahman 1398 [25 January 2020], and after reporting to the Judgment Execution Unit of Bushehr city and were transferred to the prison of this city to serve their imprisonment.

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