Verdict Against Seven Baha’i Citizens Without Their Presence in Court and Without Legal Representation

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Translation by Iran Press Watch


According to the Campaign to Stop Harassment and Imprisonment of Baha’i Citizens:  Seven Baha’i residents of Isfahan, who had earlier been arrested by the security and intelligence authorities along with a group of 11 Baha’is from Tehran and Mashhad, were convicted in court without their prior knowledge, and were informed of the decision only by text message.

A close relative of one of the convicted individuals told the Campaign that one of the accused Baha’is who resides in Isfahan had gone to the courthouse on 16 February to inform them of the particulars of her legal counsel, at which time she was told by the judicial authorities that her hearing had already been held, and that her verdict, and that of the other six Baha’is, would be issued and announced within the next 2 days.

None of the seven Baha’is were present in court or given a chance to choose legal representation.

Earlier on November 15, these five citizens, along with 11 other Baha’is, totaling 16, were arrested in a raid by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence at their homes in Tehran, Isfahan, and Mashhad.

Their names are as follows:

Tehran:  Sahba Farnoush, Negar Bagheri, Nava Monjazeb, Yavar Haghighat, Navid Aghdasi, and Hila Moshtagh

Isfahan:  Adib Janamian, Sahab Rouhani, Matin Janamian, Yeganeh Agahi, Zarrin Aghababaie, Parvin Nikaeen, Kayvan Nikaeen, Arshia Rouhani, and Vahid Karami

Mashhad:  Sanaz Ishaghi, Nika Pakzad, Farzaneh Daneshgari, and Naghmeh Zabihian

Of the 16 Baha’i citizens, 7 are from Isfahan—two of whom, Parvin Nikaeen and Zarrin Aghababaie, up to the time of the release of this news piece had not been called to court; the other 5, according to judicial authorities, have been released on bail until the announcement of the verdict with respect to them.


One Response

  1. vafa-canada

    February 24, 2016 7:28 pm

    The Baha’i International Community UN office in New York should start a campaign to nominate the YARAN and the Baha’i Youth of Iran for the Nobel Peace Prize.
    The Iranian regime has proven on hundreds of cases over the past 4 decades that it is completely deaf and dumb to any and all appeals, from any NGO, UN, or World Governments, for Human Rights towards their Baha’i Citizens.
    It is a fact in the Iranian Islamic constitution to destroy the Baha’i community not only in Iran but worldwide. The Nobel Peace Prize will probably not change their brutality, but at least the rest of the planet (including the neutral Iranian citizens) will know better of their atrocities towards all minorities in Iran.


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