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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:] Iran Wire

[Date:] 11 Azar 1399 [1 December 2020]

 

Arrest of A Baha’i Wounded in the Iran-Iraq War to Serve a Prison Sentence

Ostan Wire – According to Iran Wire, at 7:30 a.m. this morning, Tuesday, 11 Azar [1 December], police officers arrived at the home of Mr. Rouhollah Zibaie, a Baha’i citizen living in Karaj, and transferred him to Branch 7 for him to serve his sentence.

The Karaj Revolutionary Court sentenced this Baha’i citizen to one year in prison under tazir[1] law in Azar 1398 [November/December 2019] on charges of “propaganda against the regime by way of propaganda for Baha’ism”. The sentence was upheld by an appeals court. The court found his activities on the WhatsApp and Telegram web pages dedicated to his Baha’i friends to be an example of propaganda for the Bahai Faith.

It should be noted that Mr. Rouhollah Zibaie is one of the veterans of the Iran-Iraq war who was wounded three times in the Dehlaviyeh, Susangerd and Ahvaz frontlines one of which ruptured one of his eardrums due to the blast wave. This Baha’i citizen was not covered or supported by the Martyrs and Veterans Foundation because of his religious beliefs.

The arrest of this Baha’i citizen in order to serve his prison sentence takes place at a time where he is under constant medical care due to the remnant impacts of the Iran-Iraq war, including amputation of one of his legs, lack of a kidney and other physical complications.

In Mordad 1398 [July/August 2019] Mr. Rouhollah Zibaie was arrested by security forces at his home in Baghestan, Karaj, and transferred to a solitary confinement cell in the Andarzgah [ward] 8 of the Rajaei-Shahr Prison in Karaj, known as the Intelligence Office of Sipah[2] Detention Center.

In Shahrivar 1398 [August/September 2019], he was released on bail until the conclusion of his trial.

The Islamic Republic’s judiciary has charged him with “propaganda activities against the regime in the interest of the perverse Baha’i sect.”

 

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

[2] [Sipah-i-Pasdaran:  Islamic Revolutionary Guards]