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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:] 3 Esfand 1399 [21 February 2021]

 

Three Members of a Baha’i Family in Tehran were Sentenced to a Total of 7 Years in Prison

HRANA News Agency – Afsaneh Emami, Hamid Naseri and Saied Naseri, three members of a Baha’i family living in Tehran, were sentenced by Branch 28 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court to a total of seven years in prison under tazir[1] law. These citizens were previously sentenced to imprisonment by this branch in absentia without a hearing, and this decision was upheld after accepting the appeal and holding a court hearing.

According to the HRANA news agency, the news organ of the Iranian Association of Human Rights Activists, Afsaneh Emami, Hamid Naseri and Saied Naseri, Baha’i citizens living in Tehran, were sentenced to prison by the Tehran Revolutionary Court.

According to this verdict, which was recently issued by Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, headed by Judge Mohammad Reza Amouzad, Afsaneh Emami was sentenced to three years in prison under tazir law on charges of “membership in an unlawful group or cluster of people with intent to disturb national security”. Hamid Naseri and Saied Naseri were each sentenced to two years in prison on the same charges.

These citizens were previously sentenced to imprisonment in absentia and without a hearing by this Branch headed by Judge Iman Afshari, and after accepting the appeal and holding a court hearing, this verdict was upheld.

Afsaneh Emami was arrested by security forces on 13 Bahman 1397 [2 February 2019] and transferred to Evin Prison. Ms. Emami’s husband, Saied Naseri, was also arrested by the security agents at her home in Tehran on 20 Esfand [11 March] and transferred to Evin Prison. Hamid Naseri, this citizen's brother, was also arrested a few hours later in front of his place of business.

During the arrest, the officers searched the home of Mrs. Emami and Mr. Naseri and confiscated a number of their personal belongings, including mobile phones, computers, and their pamphlets and books.

Finally, Mrs. Emami, Saied and Hamid Naseri were temporarily released on 25 Esfand 1397 [16 March 2019], 28 Farvardin [17 April] and 4 Ordibehesht [24 April] 1398 [2019], on bail of 500 million tomans, respectively, until the conclusion of the trial.

 

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