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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 Bahman 1399 [10 February 2021]

 

Determining the Time and Branch of the Court of Appeals for Baha’i Citizens, Forough Farzaneh, Neda Sabeti and Noushin Afshar

HRANA News Agency – The Court of Appeal hearings for Neda Sabeti (Azadi), Forough Farzaneh and Noushin Afshar, Baha’i citizens living in Abadan will be held on 26 Bahman [14 February] in Branch 16 of the Court of Appeals of Khuzestan Province. Previously, these citizens were each sentenced to one year in prison under tazir [1]law by the Abadan Revolutionary Court at the first hearing.

According to the HRANA news agency, the news organ of the Human Rights Activists in Iran, the time and branch of the Court of Appeal have now been set for Neda Sabeti, Forough Farzaneh and Noushin Afshar, Baha’i citizens living in Abadan.

According to a recent notice issued to these citizens, the Court of Appeal hearing for Neda Sabeti, Forough Farzaneh and Noushin Afshar will be held on 26 Bahman 1399 [14 February 2021] in Branch 16 of the Court of Appeals of Khuzestan Province.

In Mehr [September/October] of last year, these citizens were each sentenced to one year in prison under tazir law by the Abadan Revolutionary Court on charges of “propaganda against the regime”.

On 16 Ordibehesht 1397 [6 May 2018], these individuals were arrested at their homes by six agents from Ahvaz and Abadan Intelligence Offices. At the time of their arrest, the officers searched their homes and confiscated a number of personal belongings related to the Baha’i Faith. One week later, on 23 Ordibehesht 1397 [13 May 2018], they were released from Ahvaz Prison and later re-arrested on the same day for unknown reasons.

On 9 Khordad 1397 [30 May 2018], after twenty-five days, Neda Sabeti (Azadi), Forough Farzaneh and Noushin Afshar were finally released from Sepidar Prison in Ahvaz on bail until the conclusion of their trial.

 

 

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