Baha’i Prisoners Pardoned or Released Early

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Translation by Iran Press Watch

On the eve of the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution on February 11, 2019, a number of individuals convicted by Iranian courts were pardoned or had their sentences reduced.  This amnesty includes a very small percentage of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience who have a sentence of one year or less or a sentence of less than 6 months which has not been carried out for some reason.  At least 36 prisoners were given early release or suspension of execution of their sentences.

Farhad Sarfaraz, Shahram Mansour, Vahid Dana, Saeed Abedi and Adeeb Haghpajooh were charged with “propaganda against the regime” in Shiraz.  Each of them was sentenced to a year of imprisonment and a year of internal exile.  Farhad Sarafraz was exiled to Jahrom, Shahram Mansour exiled to Eghlid, Vahid Dana exiled to Arasanjan, Saeed Abedi exiled to Darab and Adeeb Haghpajooh exiled to Larestan.

Mehran Bandi Amirabadi, Mehran Eslami Amirabadi were tried by Branch 3 of the Yazd Court of Appeals and sentenced to one and a half years of prison and one year of internal exile.  Mr. Mehran Islami Amirabadi was exiled to Sarvaran and Mr. Mehran Bandi Amirabadi was exiled to Divandareh.

Fataneh Nabilzadeh was arrested along with Pyraman Sarraf and Daian Teimori in her private home and was sentenced to a one year in prison by the Revolutionary Court of Mashhad on the charge of “propaganda against the regime”.

Dari Amri, May Kholoussi, Saghi Fadaei and Shayan Tafazoli were all arrested by security forces in Mashhad.  They were sentenced by the Third Branch of the Revolutionary Court of Mashhad under the chairmanship of Judge Soltani and charged with “propaganda against the regime”; each of them was sentenced to one year of imprisonment.

Since the beginning of the amnesty on the evening of February 11, 2019, at least 36 prisoners or convicts have been granted early release or suspension of execution of sentence. However, prisoners in Tehran still await the execution of this notification and release from prison. The individuals receiving early release include:  Mostafa Tork Hamedani, Saba Kord Afshari, Yasman Ariany, Azar Heidari, Seyyed Mohammad Fallah Chay, Farshid Rostami, Majid Karimnezhad, Hossein Dezhangahi, Farshid Saeedi, Hossein Farrokhpour, Majid Azizi, Amin Zendehdel, Ayoub Saedi, Mohammad Khaledzadeh, Jamal Kermani, Mohammad Yousefi, Hamidreza Amini, Behfar Lalehzari, Farzad Delaram, Farhad Sarafraz, Shahram Mansour, Vahid Dana, Saeed Abedi, Adeeb Haghpajooh, Shahin Barzegar, Amir Chamani, Seyed Jamal Mousavinejad, Alireza Moinian, Mehran Bandimirabadi, Hossein Mirnazarlou, Mehran Islami Amirabadi, Fataneh Nabilzadeh, Dari Amri, May Kholoussi, Saghi Fadaei and Shayan Tafazoli.


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