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[Adapted from website:] HRANA - Human Rights Activists News Agency

[Date:] 26 Farvardin 1398 [15 April 2019]


Execution of the Sentence to Exile Zabihollah Raoufi, An Elderly Baha’i Citizen

Zabihollah Raoufi, an elderly Baha’i citizen from Sanandaj, traveled to Hormozgan Province to endure his exile. This Baha’i citizen reported himself a few minutes ago to implement the rulings of Minab City.

According to the HRANA news agency, the news organ of the Iranian Association of Human Rights Activists, on Sunday, 25 Farvardin 1398, [14 April 2019], Zabihollah Raoufi, an elderly Baha’i citizen, went to Minab City to spend his exile and reported himself to the city’s execution unit a few minutes ago.

Last week, when he had just been released from prison, and upon receiving a summons to execute the exile sentence he was summoned to Branch 4 of the Enforcement Office of the revolutionary court in Minab City.

Mr. Raoufi was arrested by security forces at his home on 17 Shahrivar 1394 [8 September 2015] and was released six days later on a 30 million tomans bail.

In Mordad [July/August] of this year, this Baha’i citizen was sentenced by Branch 4 of the Sanandaj Court of Appeals to one year in prison under tazir[1] law and one year in exile in Minab City, Hormozgan Province, on charges of “engaging in propaganda against the regime”.

He was transferred to Sanandaj Prison on 9 Aban 1397 [31 October 2018], to serve his one-year sentence and was released from Sanandaj Prison on 21 Esfand [12 March] of that year, during the early release of political prisoners.

It should be noted that this 70-year-old Baha’i citizen from Sanandaj was previously arrested in 1388 [2009/2010] and sentenced to one year in prison under tazir law, also on charges of “propaganda against the regime”. The Court of Appeal changed this sentence to six months in prison in the city of Tuyserkan, where Mr. Raoufi served his sentence in that city.

It is worth mentioning that Parvaneh Rahmani, the wife of Zabihollah Raoufi, who accompanied her husband to spend the period of exile, had also previously been sentenced to one year in prison on charges of “propaganda against the regime”. On 12 Shahrivar 1397 [3 September 2018], she was acquitted of this charge in the Court of Appeals, and after about ten days, a writ of non-prosecution was issued.



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