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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:] 22 Khordad 1401 [12 June 2022]

 

Shiraz Revolutionary Court; 26 Baha’i Citizens Were Sentenced to 85 Years in Prison and Exile

Twenty-six Baha'is from Shiraz were sentenced by Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court to a total of 85 years in prison, deportation, and deportation. The third hearing in the case of these Baha'i citizens was held on Wednesday, May 17, at this branch.

According to the HRANA news agency, the news organ of the Iranian Association of Human Rights Activists, 26 Baha’i citizens were sentenced to imprisonment and exile in Shiraz.

According to a verdict issued by Branch 1 of the Shiraz Revolutionary Court, presided over by Judge Mahmoud Sadati, on 29 June, the citizens were sentenced to a total of eighty-five years in prison, twenty-four years in exile, and a ban on leaving the country. In another part of the rulings issued, these citizens must report to the provincial intelligence office daily for two years.

According to the verdict, Yekta Fahandej Saadi, Lala Salehi, Bahareh Norouzi, Rezvan Yazdani and Mojgan Gholampour, were each sentenced to five years in prison under tazir law[1], banned from leaving the country by revoking their passport for two years and reporting themselves daily to the provincial intelligence office for two years. Nabil Tahzib, Sahba Moslehi, Behnam Azizpour, Esmail Rousta, Ramin Shirvani and Saied Hasani, were each sentenced to five years in prison under tazir law, banned from leaving the country for two years by revoking their passports and forced residency (exiled from Shiraz) for Nabil Tahzib in Izeh, Sahba Moslehi in Ferdows, Behnam Azizpour in Dehdasht, Esmail Rousta in Bafq, Yazd, Ramin Shirvani in Baghmalek, Saied Hasani in Lordegan, along with daily reporting to the provincial intelligence service.

Also, Maryam Eslami, Parisa Rouhizadegan, Marjan Gholampour, Shadi Sadegh Aqdam, Ahdieh Enayati, Samareh Ashnaie, Nasim Kashaninejad, Sahba Farahbakhsh and Noushin Zenhari were each sentenced to two years in prison under tazir law, banned from leaving the country by revoking their passports for two years, along with daily reporting to the provincial intelligence office for two years. Mahyar Sefidi, Varqa Kaviani, Shamim Akhlaghi, Farzad Shadman, Farbud Shadman and Soroush Ighani were each sentenced to two years in prison under tazir law, banned from leaving the country with the revocation of their passport and exiled for two years forced residency for Mahyar Sefidi in Lamerd, Varqa Kaviani in Kashmar, Shamim Akhlaghi in Semirom, Farzad Shadman in Minab, Farbod Shadman in Firuzabad and Soroush Ighani in Mehriz, along with reporting to the provincial intelligence service on a daily basis for two years.

The charges against these citizens are “their presence and gathering in poor and marginal neighbourhoods of Shiraz, assemblage in religious holy places and tourist attraction sites—namely Shah Cheragh, Hafezieh, Persepolis and Narenjestan —under the pretext of conducting surveys regarding the water crisis, social suffering and environmental advocacy. But in reality, assembly and collusion for the purpose of causing intellectual and ideological insecurity in Muslim society, based on their false and diversionary claims, and their dangerous belief of the supremacy of their perverse sect (Baha’i) over all other divine religions, and Islam in particular, with the intention of creating sedition and attracting Muslims, and their approach towards fulfilling the unholy designs and plans of the leader of the sect”.

HRANA had previously announced that the third court hearing of these citizens would be held on 28 Ordibehesht [18 May 2022].

The first court hearing with regard to the charges of these citizens was held on 26 Khordad 1399 [15 June 2020], and the second hearing after resolving the objections in the prosecutor’s office was held on 14 Mordad 1399 [4 August 2020] in this branch. During the first hearing, the defendants’ lawyers challenged the judge of any objections in the case. Finally, the judge said that the case should be returned to the prosecutor’s office for further investigation.

Marjan and Mojgan Gholampour, Farbod and Farzad Shadman and Parisa Rouhizadegan, Shamim Akhlaghi and his wife Sahba Farahbakhsh, Sahba Moslehi and his wife Ahdieh Enayati, Mahyar Sefidi and his wife Shadi Aqdam and Varqa Kaviani, Soroush Ighani and Maryam Eslami, Bahareh Norouzi in 1395 [2016] Security forces were arrested in Shiraz and later released on bail pending the conclusion of their trial.

 

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