Baha’i Citizen Ali Ahmadi Arrested, Transferred to Ghaemshahr Prison to Serve Sentence

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Translation by Iran Press Watch

HRANA News Agency – Ali Ahmadi, a Baha’i citizen living in Ghaemshahr, was arrested on Thursday, August 26, and transferred to Ghaemshahr Prison to begin a 1-year sentence.

Mr. Ahmadi sentence was handed down by Branch 28 of the Mazandaran Court of Appeals. Mr.  Ahmadi suffers from diabetes and heart disease, will be serving out this prison sentence during the peak of the Covid-19 crisis in Iran.

In October, as reported by HRANA, a renewed wave of pressure and detention of Baha’is had begun in Iran. Mr. Ahmadi was among a number of Baha’i victims of that wave, when on Tuesday 23 October 2018, he was arrested by security forces and transferred to solitary confinement in the Kachuei Detention Center in Sari. He was released on bail on Wednesday 2 January 2019, pending trial.

Mr. Ahmadi was initially sentenced by the Ghaemshahr Revolutionary Court to a total of 11-year prison sentence on charges of “propaganda against the regime and the administration of the Baha’i organization.” A request for retrial was filed on Mr. Ahmadi’s behalf.  By accepting the request for retrial, the Supreme Court vacated Ali Ahmadi’s 11-year prison sentence and sent the case to Branch 28 of the Mazandaran Court of Appeals which returned sentence of 1-year in prison.

According to unofficial sources, there are more than 300,000 Baha’is in Iran, but Iran’s constitution only recognizes Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism and does not recognize the Baha’i faith. For this reason, the rights of Baha’is in Iran have been systematically violated over past years.


One Response

  1. Brooks Garis

    August 30, 2021 10:41 pm

    This is a continuing trial to the believers in God’s new message, people who have proved themselves honest and trustworthy and kindly towards all and forbearing in the day of so many injustices. it is fair to refer to God’s question put to those who make up their own rules in verst 50 of al-Mursalat: In what message, beyond this, will they believe? If it were not the time of fulfillment, would there be cell phones and jets to make the worlds barriers crumble into dust as promised in the time to come, when there were no such things in the previous thousand and three hundred years? Free this innocent man and let the Baha’is alone since they are the obedient ones who were promised.


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