Translation by Iran Press Watch
HRANA News Agency – Shiva Khalili, a Baha’i citizen living in Babol, has been sentenced by the Revolutionary Court to one year in prison. According to the sentence, this citizen’s mobile phone was also confiscated as a “crime tool”. Ms. Khalili was arrested on November 16 when responding a summons to the Babol Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office. She was released on bail a day later.
According to the HRANA news agency, the news organ of the Iranian Association of Human Rights Activists, Shiva Khalili, a Baha’i citizen living in Babol was sentenced to prison by the First Branch of the Revolutionary Court of this city.
According to the court ruling, Ms. Khalili was sentenced to one year in prison and her mobile phone was confiscated as a “crime weapon” for propaganda against the regime under Article 500 of the Islamic Penal Code.
The hearing of the charges against Shiva Khalili was held on December 13 in the First Branch of the General and Revolutionary Court of Babol.
Ms. Khalili was arrested on Tuesday, November 16, following a telephone summons to Branch 1 of the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office in the city, and was released on bail the next day.
“The organization strongly condemns acts of discrimination against religious minorities in Iran,” said Skyler Thompson, head of foreign relations for the Iranian Association of Human Rights Activists, in regards to the sentence. “We urge Iran to take concrete steps to ensure that Iranians, especially Baha’i citizens, can enjoy religious freedoms, including the freedom to practice their religion.”
December 30, 2021 12:01 pm
This dear image of Shiva Khalili bears a striking resemblance to a famous surviving image of Anne Frank. But while Anne Frank was singled out as for persecution and death by her birth, Shiva Khalili is singled out as a Baha’i by the religion of love and promise she has chosen. And the falseness of the charge laid against her, propaganda against the regime, is proved by the Baha’i Faith itself, which prohibits lying, gossip, backbiting, political meddling, any sort of mischief – the very tools of ‘propaganda’ are prohibited in the Baha’i Faith. So, allowing the Baha’is of Iran to practice their Baha’i Faith and encouraging others to do so as well is the surest way for the Revolutionary Court of Babol to help remove the fear of propaganda against the regime. And give Shiva Khalili her phone back so her kindly words of love toward all the peoples Iran can be spread more widely and hopefully, take root in the heart of the world.