[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]
[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]
[Personal information has been redacted.]
Court of Administrative Justice, Abadan
Branch 1 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Abadan
File Number: K.898/1/89
Court Order Number: 1129/89
Date: 30 Azar 1389 [21 December 2010]
Accused: Afsaneh Siadat-Hematabadi, daughter of Hossein resident of [redacted], Legally Represented by Mr. Hamid Sarajpour of Abadan [address is provided]
Charges: Engaging in spreading propaganda against the sacred regime of the Islamic Republic
Investigating Authority: Branch 1 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Abadan [Abadan]
Decision of the Court
Mrs. Afsaneh Siadat-Hematabadi, daughter of Hossein, born in [redacted], is charged with spreading propaganda against the sacred regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran through promoting and endeavouring to spread the perverse sect of Baha’ism and its ideologies. While the charge of ‘spreading propaganda in favour of Baha’ism’ is not listed as a crime in the law in these [exact] words, [it must be considered that] the foundation of the sacred regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran is based on the luminous teachings and principles of Shia Islam, which are in contrast with the deviant teachings of the perverse sect of Baha’ism. [In this case,] the evidence, i.e., file documents, investigations, reports from the [Ministry of] Intelligence, implicit admissions [of the accused,] and other circumstantial evidence, indicate that the accused has been involved in such activities. Accordingly, the court finds her guilty as charged, and pursuant to Article 500 of the Islamic Penal Code, sentences her to one year’s imprisonment.
However, pursuant to Article 25 of the Islamic Penal Code, the court suspends eight months of said sentence for a period of two years, during which time the above-named must participate at least once each month in the Friday [Islamic] prayers in the area of her residence and listen to the sermons [of the Muslim clerics]. Furthermore, she is to prepare a summarized note of such sermons in written form to be submitted to the Friday prayer leader for endorsement, prior to handing it in to the Enforcement of [Court] Orders [office]. Should [she], during the set period of suspension, act contrary to one of the stipulations of said Article [Article 25], or fail to comply with the order as prescribed, she will have to complete the suspended sentence in addition to facing new charges. Moreover, pursuant to Article 22.5 of the Islamic Penal Code, the remaining four-month period of imprisonment can be substituted with a cash payment to the government fund in the sum of 10,000,000 rials. Books, materials, and compact discs pertaining to the perverse sect of Baha’ism (subject of the case) will have to be destroyed.
This court order was issued in the presence of the accused and can be appealed within 20 days of its issuance.
Head of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Abadan, Shiralizadeh
[Handwritten note at the bottom of the page:]
On 16 Dey 1389 [6 January 2011], the 2-page decision of the court was given to Mr. Serajipour
[Signature] 16 Dey 1389 [6 January 2011]