Sentence Issued against 3 Baha'is in Yasuj

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HRANA – Religious Minority Rights: the court issued a sentence against three Baha’is of Yasuj who have been under arrest for approximately one month; they were accused of teaching the Baha’i Faith.

According to the Baha’i Committee of Human Rights Activists in Iran, according to this sentence, Mr. Ali Bakhsh Bazr-Afkan has been sentenced to two and a half years of imprisonment followed by 5 years of exile to a remote locality far from the Province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad [the province of which Yasuj is the capital]. Mr. Saeed Faridi and Zafar Mohammadi, who were Muslim employees [of Mr. Ali Bakhsh Bazr-Afkan], were sentenced to 4 years of probation [1], and they were subsequently released.

According to the lawyer of Mr. Bazr-Afkan, none of the accusations against his client have been proven to be true in the court; therefore the sentence is not legal.

Editor’s Notes:

[1] The original term “Talighi” is a sentence in the judicial system of Iran that is not carried out immediately, and which is conditional on a second offense.

Yasuj is the capital of the Province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasuj

[Source(s): HRNA, http://www.hra-news.org/news/10689.aspx; Translation by IPW]

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