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[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:] 18 Ordibehesht 1398 [8 May 2019]

 

HRANA News Agency – Three Baha’i citizens living in Shiraz, Mahboub Habibi, Pejman Shahriari and Kourosh Rowhani, were taken to Adilabad Prison in Shiraz yesterday to commence serving their sentences. Last month, these citizens had been sentenced to six months, six months and three months and one day respectively in prison under tazir[1] law.

According to the HRANA news agency, the news organ of the Iranian Association of Human Rights Activists, on Tuesday, 17 Ordibehesht 1398 [7 May 2019], three Baha’i citizens living in Shiraz were taken to Adilabad Prison in the city to serve their sentences.

These citizens were initially sentenced to one year in prison under tazir law, by Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Shiraz, presided over by Judge Mahmoud Sadati, under Article 500 of the Islamic Penal Code, on charges of “propaganda activity against the regime”. And on 18 Farvardin [7 April], at the appeal stage, Mahboub Habibi and Pejman Shahriari had been each sentenced to 6 months in prison under tazir law and Kourosh Rowhani to 3 months and one day in prison under tazir law.

On 26 Mordad [17 August] last year, HRANA reported the arrest of these Baha’i citizens, along with three other Baha’i citizens, Dorna Esmaili, Houman Esmaili, and Negar Misaghian, by Shiraz security forces.

Pejman Shahriari and Mahboub Habibi on 8 Mehr 1397 [30 September 2018], and another Baha’i citizen, Kourosh Rowhani, on 2 Mehr of this year [24 September 2019], were released on bail after 37 days of detention, pending the conclusion of their trial.

 

 

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