Translation by Iran Press Watch
Based on a report by the Human Rights in Iran Website, four Baha’i citizens of Kerman, Amrollah Khaleghian, Ehsanollah Amirinia, Nima Rajabzadeh and Arman Bandi, have been sentenced by Branch One of Kerman’s Revolutionary Court to a five-year prison term each. They were tried on charges of “acting against national security”. According to Payam News, these citizens received their sentences within two court sessions.
Ehsan Amirinia, Nima Rajabzadeh and Arman Bandi were arrested by the security agents on Wednesday, 8 February, 2017, and were each released on a 100-million Touman bail on 25 May, 2017. Amrollah Khaleghian, the other Bahá’í sentenced to a 5-year prison term was arrested by the agents on 21 December, 2016, and was released on a 100-million Touman bail after 157 days of detention on 25 May, 2017.
Since the establishment of the Islamic Republican, persecution of followers of Bahá’í Faith has been ongoing. Baha’is are deprived of basic civil rights, denied higher education, and are often fired from their jobs or have their stores forcibly shuttered. Thousands have been imprisoned, tortured or executed.