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

[Date:] 17 Farvardin 1400 [6 April 2021]

 

Four Baha’i Citizens Were Sentenced to Serve in the Vakilabad Prison of Mashhad

HRANA News Agency – Nika Pakzadan, Sanaz Eshaghi, Nakisa Hajipour and Naghmeh Zabihian four Baha’i citizens of Mashhad were arrested after attending the Judgment Enforcement Unit of the city court today, Tuesday 17 Farvardin [6 April 2021] and transferred to Vakilabad prison in Mashhad. These citizens were sentenced by Mashhad Revolutionary Court to one years of prison and were transferred to Vakilababd Prison in the Month of Mehr [September/October]. This verdict was approved by the Court of Appeals of Khorasan Razavi Province.

According to HRANA, the News Agency the Human Rights Activists in Iran, today Tuesday 17 Farvardin 1400 [6 April 2021], Nika Pakzadan, Sanaz Eshaghi, Nakisa Hajipour and Naghmeh Zabihian four Baha’i citizens of Mashhad were arrested after attending the Judgment Enforcement Unit of the city court today, Tuesday 17 Farvardin [ 6 April] and transferred to Vakilabad prison in Mashhad.

Nika Pakzadan, Sanaz Eshaghi, Nakisa Hajipour and Naghmeh Zabihian, together with Faraneh Daneshgari, were summoned to the Judgment Enforcement Unit of the Mashhad Prosecutor’s Office on 7 Farvardin [27 March] to serve their term of imprisonment.

In September of last year, these citizens were each sentenced to one year in prison by the Revolutionary Court of Mashhad and this verdict was approved by the Court of Appeal of Khorasan Razavi Province.

Naghmeh Zabihian, Nika Pakzadan, Sanaz Eshaghi, Nakisa Hajipour were arrested by security agents in Mashhad on 24 Aban 1394 [15 November 2015].

Among these citizens, Naghmeh Zabihian, with a number of other Baha’is were arrested earlier in the winter of 1391 [2013], for holding a handicraft exhibition at the home of a Baha’i resident and tried by the Revolutionary Court of Mashhad and sentenced by Judge Ghorbani, to six months in prison on charges of propaganda against the regime.