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[Adapted from website:] Baha’i World News Service

[Date:] 7 Bahman 1387 (26 January 2009)


The court rejected Mr. Badiollah Abol-Fazli’s appeal

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Mr. Badiollah Abol-Fazli from Tonekabon (Mazandaran) on 8 Dey 1387 [28 December 2008] on charges [of being an] “active member of the Baha’i community”, “propagation of the Bahai Faith and action against the Islamic Republic”, and “secretly teaching Muslims by providing them with Baha’i books and materials”, was sentenced to two years in prison.

He was arrested at his workplace in Tir 1387 [June/July 2008] by an agent of the Ministry of Intelligence for baseless reasons related to his job, and spent 29 days in solitary confinement. During this time, he was interrogated eight times with insults and obscenities. During the interrogation, many questions were raised about the Baha’i administrative system, Baha’i activities, and those interested in the religion. His first trial was held in the Tonekabon court on 25 Mordad 1387 [15 August 2008], where he was verbally informed of his charge (acting against the Islamic Republic) and was not allowed to receive the charge in writing.

Mr. Abol-Fazli was released on the same day on bail of 100,000,000 tumans.