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[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Adapted from website:] Iran-e Emrooz

[Date:] 3 October 2008

 

Trial and Imprisonment for Dissidents

Arbitrary Persecution of Baha’i Citizens Continues in Central Cities of Iran.

-A Baha’i citizen in Yazd, who has achieved relative success through freelance work, has been sentenced to imprisonment and exile, and faces confiscation and appropriation of assets.

-A girl is tried for laughing in the school morning queue during the recitation of the Sura Ya-Sin; the father of the girl who protested against this harshness is also tried!

-A dissident student is sentenced to several years of suspended imprisonment.

Iran-e Emrooz - Arbitrary Persecution of Baha’i Citizens in Central Cities of Iran Continues.

-A Baha’i citizen in Yazd, who has achieved relative success through freelance work, has been sentenced to imprisonment and exile, and faces confiscation and appropriation of assets.

-A Baha’i girl is tried for laughing in the school morning queue meeting during the recitation of the Sura Ya-Sin. The girl’s father, who protests against this harshness, is also tried!

-A dissident student in Shiraz is sentenced to several years of suspended imprisonment.

Imprisonment, Deportation, Shop Closure and Revocation of Business Licence

Baha’i citizens in Iran are denied the right to higher education, and this deprivation of university education is to continue. Baha’i citizens have no choice but to earn a living through self-employment. At the same time, it seems that if a Baha’i citizen achieves relative success in self-employment, he or she will face serious problems.

Mr. Mehran Bandi Amirabad, 45 years old, a citizen of Yazd who has no criminal record, was deprived of a university education due to his beliefs and had to turn to freelance work. He is the director of Misagh Kamand Computer Company.

On 7 Shahrivar 1387 coinciding with 28 August 2008, according to Court Order No. 286/87, Branch 1 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Yazd charged Mr. Mehran Bandi with “assembly and collusion against the national security, within and abroad” and “propaganda against the Islamic Republic and in support of anti-regime groups and maintenance of satellite equipment” under [sections] 500 and 610 of the Islamic Penal Code, and he was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison and three years in exile, from Yazd to Babak, Kerman. In addition, the business licence of the Misagh Kamand Company has been revoked and he has been sentenced to five years of deprivation of social rights and computer business activity.

Mr. Mehran Bandi’s shop and warehouse and all the equipment and property in it, which were mainly computer parts ordered by the company’s customers, and all the bank accounts of the mentioned individual, were sealed and confiscated by the officers.

Meanwhile, he has been in temporary detention for more than three months, of which he remained in solitary confinement for more than 40 days and was quarantined by the Ministry of Intelligence. Due to heart and respiratory problems, he has been hospitalized several times at the prison healthcare section in the intensive care unit (CCU).

The court objected to the reduction of Mr. Mehran Bandi’s temporary detention and leave, and he is currently being held in the temporary ward of Yazd Central Prison.

Trial for Laughing During Recitation of Ya-Sin Prayer in the Morning Queue Meeting

Nasim Haghighat is a student who studies at Hazrat Masoomeh High School in Shiraz. She and six other Baha’i girls were expelled from school due to laughing in the morning queue meeting, during the recitation of the Ya-Sin prayer. Her trial on charges of “insulting the religious sanctities” is still on going on in Branch 113 of the Shiraz Criminal Court.

Mr. Enayatollah Haghighat, Nasim’s father, protested against the expulsion of his daughter and as a result, he was tried by Branch 1 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Shiraz and Branch 15 of the Fars Court of Appeals on charges of “propaganda against the Islamic Republic regime and in support of anti-regime groups” and sentenced to one year’s suspended imprisonment.

 

Trial of a Dissident Student

Branch 1 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Shiraz and Branch 15 of the Fars Court of Appeal have charged Mr. Younes Mir-Hoseini, a law student at Shiraz University, for “membership in the (Communist) group opposing the regime and propaganda against the regime of the Islamic Republic”. He was sentenced to 36 months’ suspended imprisonment during four years.

Mr. Gholam-Hosein Raiesi and Mr. Farhad Dadfar, members of the Human Rights Commission of the Fars Lawyers Association, represented the above-mentioned individuals. In the past, they have also defended dissident citizens with regard to their human rights. Mr. Hormoz Hashemi and Mrs. Mandana Kamali Sarvestani, who were key members of the governing body of the Baha’i community in Shiraz, who were tried in Branch 108 of the Shiraz Criminal Court on charges of “insulting Islamic sanctities”, were acquitted of their charges through the defence of these two lawyers.