Prison Sentence for Four Baha’i Youths in Isfahan

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Source: humanrightsiniran.org

Translation by Iran Press Watch

Judge Ravanmehr of the first branch of Revolutionary Court of Isfahan has issued a prison warrant for four Baha’i youths.

The webpage of Human Rights in Iran, citing BahaiNews, reports that the four Baha’i youth, Yeganeh Agahi, Arshia Rouhani, Parvin Neekaein and Adib Janamian, were tried by judge Ravaanmehr on 16th of May 2017. They were each sentenced to one year in prison, along with 16 months of suspended prison sentence (total of 2 years and 4 months).

These youths were charged with “propaganda against Islamic Republic (through teaching the Baha’i Faith) for the benefit and in favor of the Islamic Republic’s opposition groups.” The verdict includes a reference to the location of the Baha’i World Centre in Israel, which, according to an informed source, had a clear impact on the verdict.

Additional charges brought against the youths include “counter- interrogation tactics training,” “propagation of the Baha’i Faith,” “possession of many Baha’i books,” “possession of many CDs containing material for the purpose of teaching Baha’i Faith” and “encouragement and exhortation of Muslim youths to convert”

Exact charges as mentioned in the text of the indictment are listed below:

  1. Organizing illegal meetings opposing the Islamic Republic.
  2. Active membership and participation in organized (illegal) institutions and meetings.
  3. Effective teaching and propagation activities.
  4. Promotion of anti-cultural values.
  5. Creation and distribution of illegal multimedia materials.
  6. Encouraging and exhortation of Muslims (to become Baha’is).

Yeganeh Agahi, Arshia Rouhani, Parvin Neekaein and Adib Janamian have been released on bail of about 308,000 US Dollars / 275,000 Euros.

This amount is in addition to the previous bail of about 92,000 Dollars/82,000 Euros that was set in August 2016 after the initial charges were announced.

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2 Responses

    • Quentin Lewis

      June 18, 2017 7:00 am

      You would certainly wonder what the authorities fear of a religious minority of some 300,000 in a population of 81,000,000 (less than half of one percent)! Perhaps there is something they know which we don’t.

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