Baha’i Sentenced in Semnan

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Mr. Ali Ehsani, 29-year old husband and father of two children, had previously been incarcerated incommunicado for 2 months.  For past reports on this Baha’i resident of Semnan posted on Iran Press Watch kindly consult IPW1IPW2IPW3, and IPW4.

The following update was posted on the online site of Human Rights Activists News Agency on Wednesday, September 2, 2009. 

HRA News Agency reports: A Baha’i resident of Semnan was sentenced to imprisonment, monetary fine and exile.

The court ruling against Mr. Ali Ehsani, who was previously tried on June 9, 2009, was communicated to him.  In accordance with this ruling, he is sentenced to 2 years imprisonment and a cash fine of 5 million rials [equivalent of US$500].  Furthermore, after his release from prison, he is to be exiled for 2 years to another town.

It should be noted that Ali Ehsani was arrested in April on the charge of “propaganda against the regime” and “activities against national security”, and was incarcerated for two months.  He was eventually released under condition of bail and surety, and was free until his June trial.

[Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, at hra-news. Translation by Iran Press Watch.]

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