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[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[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:] 19 Farvardin 1400 [8 April 2021]

 

Alborz Province; 9 Baha’i Citizens Summoned to Serve Their Sentences / Document

HRANA News Agency – Houman Khoshnam, Elham Salmanzadeh, Payam Shabani, Kianoush Salmanzadeh, Soroush Agahi, Parvan Manavi, Jamileh Pakrou, Payman Manavi and Neda Shabani, nine Baha’i citizens living in Andisheh and Karaj were summoned to serve their sentences. These citizens have been asked to report to Branch 4 of the Shahriar Prosecutor’s office within five days from the date of notification. The Shahriar Revolutionary Court had previously sentenced each of these citizens to one year in prison under tazir[1] law, and this sentence was also upheld at the appeal stage.

According to the HRANA news agency, the news organ of the Iranian Association of Human Rights Activists, on Tuesday, 17 Farvardin 1400 [6 April 2021], nine Baha’i citizens living in the cities of Andisheh and Karaj have been summoned to serve their prison sentences.

According to a notice communicated electronically, Houman Khoshnam, Elham Salmanzadeh, Payam Shabani, Kianoush Salmanzadeh, Soroush Agahi, Parvan Manavi, Jamileh Pakrou, Payman Manavi and Neda Shabani have been asked to report to Branch 4 of the Execution of Penal Judgments of the Public and Revolutionary Court in Shahriar City to carry out their sentences within 5 days from the date of notification.

These Baha’i citizens were previously sentenced by Branch 2 of the Shahriar Revolutionary Court, presided over by Judge Panahi, to one year in prison each in Mordad 1399 [August 2020], and the Tehran Court of Appeals upheld the sentence.

According to this verdict, which was issued by Branch 36 of the Tehran Court of Appeals, presided over by Judge Seyyed Ahmad Zargar and court advisor Abbas Ali Hozan, and communicated to these citizens, Houman Khoshnam, Elham Salmanzadeh, Payam Shabani, Kianoush Salmanzadeh, Soroush Agahi, Parvan Manavi, Jamileh Pakrou (Mohammad Hoseini), Payman Manavi, and Neda Shabani (Biouk Aghaie) were each sentenced to one year in prison under tazir law on charges of “propaganda activity against the regime through activity and  teaching Baha’ism”.

They were previously detained by security forces in Andisheh, Karaj, between the months of Shahrivar and Azar [September and December 2018] and were transferred to the Ministry of Intelligence detention centre, known as Ward 209 of Evin Prison. Finally, during different months of the year, these individuals were temporarily released on bail from the detention centre of this security institution in Tehran, until the conclusion of their trial.

During the detention, officers searched the homes of some of the citizens and confiscated a number of personal belongings, including books, computers, laptops and mobile phones. The business premises of some of these citizens were also sealed after their arrest.

The court hearing of the charges against these citizens had been held on 6 Mordad 1399 [27 July 2020] in the Shahriar Revolutionary Court.

 

 

 

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