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

[Date:] 3 Khordad 1401 [24 May 2022]


Amin Zolfaghari, A Baha’i Citizen, Was Taken to Yazd Prison

HRANA News Agency – On Tuesday, 3 Khordad [24 May], Amin Zolfaghari, a Baha’i citizen living in Yazd, was sent to prison to serve his sentence. Mr. Zolfaghari had previously been sentenced by Branch 2 of the Yazd Revolutionary Court to three years and four months in prison under tazir[1] law, which was reduced to eight months in prison on appeal.

According to the HRANA news agency, the news organ of the Iranian Association of Human Rights Activists, today, Tuesday, 3 Khordad [24 May 2022], Amin Zolfaghari, a Baha’i citizen, was sent to prison in this city to serve his sentence.

On 1 Khordad 1399 [21 May 2020], Mr. Zolfaghari was arrested by the agents of the Yazd Intelligence Office and transferred to the prison of this city. Finally, on 3 Tir [23 June 2020] of the same year, he was released on bail temporarily until the conclusion of his trial.

This citizen, along with Mahboubeh Misaghian, Mitra Bandi Amirabadi, and Hiva Yazdan Mehdiabadi, was tried by Branch 2 of the Yazd Revolutionary Court, presided over by Judge Reza Javad Mousavi. They were each sentenced to two years and eight months in prison under tazir law on charges of “membership in the group opposing the regime” and to 8 months in prison on charges of “propaganda against the regime”.

In the Appeal stage, Branch 11 of the Yazd Court of Appeals reduced the sentence for each of these citizens to eight months in prison under tazir law and acquitting them of “membership in the group opposing the regime”.


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