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[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

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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:] 11 Aban 1400 [2 November 2021]

 

Appeal Court; Manijeh Azamian, a Baha’i citizen, Was Sentenced to One Year in Prison

HRANA News Agency – Branch 2 of the Mazandaran Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of Manijeh Azamian, a Baha’i citizen living in Babol. Mrs. Azamian had previously been sentenced to one year in prison under tazir[1] law by Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Babol.

According to the HRANA news agency, the news organ of the Iranian Association of Human Rights Activists, the Mazandaran Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of Manijeh Azamian, a Baha’i citizen living in Babol.

According to this sentence, which was issued, pronounced and notified by Branch 2 of the Court of Appeals of Mazandaran Province, Manijeh Azamian was sentenced to one year in prison under tazir law on charges of “propaganda against the regime”.

Mrs. Azamian had previously been sentenced to one year in prison under tazir law by Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Babol.

Manijeh Azamian was arrested by the intelligence agents of Babol on 24 Farvardin [13 April] of this year [2021] and was released from Babol prison on 50 million tomans bail a day later.

A few days before her arrest on 21 Farvardin [10 April], security forces searched Ms. Azamian’s (Ighani) home and confiscated some of her personal belongings, including cell phones, computer hard drives, flash drives, as well as pictures, books, and works related to the Baha’i Faith.

After searching Ms. Azamian’s home, the officers asked her to report herself to the Babol Intelligence Office that afternoon for questioning. Between the home search and her arrest, this Baha’i citizen was interrogated on several occasions, for several hours by the intelligence agents.

A source close to Ms. Azamian’s family told HRANA, “After confiscating Ms. Azamian’s cell phone, the intelligence agents called a number of her cell phone numbers. Among them were at least three non-Baha’i families who are friends and neighbors were summoned and interrogated regarding their relationship with this citizen.”

Manijeh Azamian is a 52-year-old Baha’i citizen living in Babol.

 

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