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[Adapted from website:] Baha’i World News Service
[Date:] 26 Mehr 1388 (18 October 2009)
Postponement of the trial of Baha’is without setting another date
Geneva, Baha’i World News Service
26 Mehr 1388 (18 October 2009)
The trial of seven leaders of Iran’s Baha’i community, who have been imprisoned in Iran for more than 17 months, was scheduled to take place today, but when lawyers and their families went to court in Tehran, they were informed that the trial would not take place. No other date has been set for the trial.
“It is time to immediately release these seven innocent people on bail,” said Diane Alai, the representative of the Baha’i International Community at the UN Office in Geneva.
“These seven people, whose only ‘crime’ is their religious beliefs, were once again caught in the legal quagmire and completely unaware of the process ahead. All the evidence of this game dictates that the illegal detention of these people must end.”
These seven people are Mrs. Fariba Kamalabadi, Mr. Jamaloddin Khanjani, Mr. Afif Naimi, Mr. Saied Rezaie, Mrs. Mahvash Sabet, Mr. Behrouz Tavakkoli and Mr. Vahid Tizfahm.
According to the official Iranian News Agency, these people are accused of “spying for Israel, insulting Islamic sanctities, and propaganda against the Islamic Republic.” They have also been accused of being “corruptors on earth.”
Since last week, when no legal notice was sent to the defendants’ lawyers, it appeared that their trial would be postponed again.
Ms. Alai said, “The fact that their lawyers have not been notified and no date has been set for the trial, apart from the violation of internationally recognized legal norms, is another case of numerous violations of Iran’s own legal laws, which have been with this case from the beginning.”