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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:] 22 Esfand 1399 [12 March 2021]

 

Tehran Revolutionary Court; Four Baha’is Were Sentenced to a Total of 12 Years in Prison

HRANA News Agency – Mona Mehrabi, Elham Karampisheh, Afsaneh Yadegar Ardestani and Ehsanollah Yadegar Ardestani, Baha’i citizens were sentenced by Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran to a total of twelve years in prison under tazir[1] law. In 1397 [2018/2019], these citizens were sentenced to a total of twenty years in prison in absentia without a hearing by this branch of the court, and after accepting an appeal and holding a court session, a sentence of three years in prison was issued for each of these individuals.

According to the HRANA news agency, the news organ of the Iranian Association of Human Rights Activists, Mona Mehrabi, Elham Karampisheh, Afsaneh Yadegar Ardestani and Ehsanollah Yadegar Ardestani, Baha’i citizens, were sentenced to prison by the Tehran Revolutionary Court.

Mona Mehrabi, Elham Karampisheh, Afsaneh Yadegar Ardestani and Ehsanollah Yadegar Ardestani were charged with “membership in unlawful administration with intent to disturb national security” have each been sentenced to three years in prison under tazir law.

In Mehr 1397 [September/October 2018], these citizens were sentenced to a total of twenty years in prison in absentia without a hearing by this branch of the court, and after accepting the appeal and holding a court hearing, a sentence of three years in prison was issued for each of these individuals. Safa Forghani Arani and Mehrdad Forghani Arani, two other defendants in this case, were also sentenced to a total of five years in prison on the same charge.

Regarding the ruling, the court cited in their case against the defendants such actions as identifying and educating the needy and abused children deprived of education, giving gifts to these children, and preparing a brochure on the occasion of World Red Crescent and Red Cross Day and International Children’s Day. The order came as these citizens expressed their actions as being in the service of humanity and the development of the lofty station of the human spirit.

These citizens were arrested by the security forces earlier in 1397 [2018/2019] and were later released on bail until the conclusion of the trial.

 

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