Translation by Iran Press Watch
According to reports by HRANA, the news arm of the Human Rights Activists in Iran, Hana Kouchakbaghi, a Baha’i imprisoned at the “Mojtame Prison” in the city of Gonbad-e Qabus, was conditionally released at the close of business yesterday afternoon. Ms. Kouchakbaghi had completed one third of her sentence (including time served during her detainment). Upon release she was greeted by friends and family.
Ms. Kouchakbaghi was sentenced to one-year and nine months by the Revolutionary Court of the Province of Golestan. After reporting to court to carry out her sentence, she was sent to Gonbad prison on October 11, 2017.
Ms. Kouchakbaghi was part of the famed Golestan Province Baha’is case where, in 2015, twenty-four Baha’is from the cities of Gorgan, Minoodasht, and Gonbad-e Qabus were sentenced to a collective 193 years in prison by the Revolutionary Court of the Golestan Province in the initial stage. These sentences were reduced during the appeals process.
Despite Ms. Kouchakbaghi’s release, several Baha’i residents of Golestan Province, related to the 2015 sentencing, remain in this province’s prisons, under varying charges.
Ten human rights organizations submitted a joint statement to the European Union, demanding immediate action to prevent further harassment of Iran’s Baha’i citizens, and abolition of their prison sentences issued by the authorities of the Islamic Republic. This letter referred specifically to the recent challenges of the Baha’i residents of Golestan province.