Editor’s note: The story of these seven Baha’is has been in the news ever since their arrest in May 2008 and closely followed by many Baha’is and humanitarian organizations around the world. The last scheduled trial date that was on 18 October, 2009, was cancelled without a new date. Also, the article inaccurately states that “The Baha’i faith was founded by Shi’ite clergymen in Iran in the 19th century…” Please see Historical Context of the Babi and Baha’i Faiths for an accurate historical context of the Baha’i Faith.
(Reuters) Seven detained Baha’i believers accused of spying for Israel and blasphemy will soon go on trial in Iran, an official was quoted as saying on Sunday.
“I believe they will be tried in the near future,” Alireza Avaie, head of Tehran’s justice department, said, according to the official IRNA news agency. It did not give further details.