First session of trial of two Baha'is

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First session of trial of two Baha’is
Rahana, Tuesday 4 Esfand 1388 [23 February 2010]

Taraneh and Naghmeh Ghanooni
Taraneh and Naghmeh Ghanooni

The trial hearing for Taraneh Ghanooni and Naghmeh Ghanooni was held today – it lasted ten minutes.

Rahana: In the course of this short court session, the judge asked them about their belief in the Baha’i Faith; they confessed their belief. This line of questioning is in violation of the provisions of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran which strongly ban inquisition in court regarding beliefs.

As reported by the Rahana reporter, Taraneh Ghanooni and Naghmeh Ghanooni have been transferred from isolation cells to the public section of the prison. These two young Baha’is were arrested at their home about a month ago, and accused of participation in Ashura demonstrations.

This alleged participation contrasts with the teachings of their Faith – Baha’is are banned from participation in political matters; moreover, the accusations leveled against them contrast with the demeanour of these youth.

It is expected that the Court’s verdict will be announced tomorrow.

[Editor: Miss Taraneh Qanuni and Naghmeh Qanuni, 18 and 19 years old respectively, were arrested in their homes at around 8:00 PM on the night of 21st of Bahman [10 Feb 2010] and taken to unknown locations. See http://www.iranpresswatch.org/post/5557. As of this print, 9:00 PM PST, Saturday, 27 Feb. 2010, Iran Press Watch has not received any news on the expected verdict that was indicated by this article to be announced by Wednesday, 24 Feb. 2010]

Translation by Iran Press Watch

Source: http://www.rhairan.org/archives/4726

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5 Responses

  1. prsamy

    February 28, 2010 11:42 am

    I am sure God is implementing His major plan. So patience is the word. God protect these two young lovers of God in their moments of trial

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  2. sb

    March 1, 2010 12:15 am

    One wonders why the Iranian authorities choose to use these two innocents when they are so clearly not the kind of persons who could or would instigate unrest or sedition against authority. Is their arrest and trial meant to intimidate the Baha’i community? Serve as a social distraction? Such a trial only (once again) lowers the esteem of the Iranian authorities in world opinion. The people who perpetrate these abuses surely don’t believe they can intimidate Baha’is with this nonsense? Thousands upon thousands of Baha’is across the world would gladly stand where these two women are held and bear their tribulation for love of their Lord and for these women. Yet the Ancient of Days chose these two to prove His redeeming power. Ya Baha’u’l Abha!

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  3. jfarreast

    March 1, 2010 1:08 am

    I look at these two faces and wonder why that group of people are afraid of them. I remember the masses in the streets and wonder why they picked out these two girls.

    As mentioned above, no doubt all that is happening is part of God’s Great Plan and I can accept that. It is the details of how it is happening that sometimes drive me up the wall.

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