Request for Retrial of Homayoun Khanlari, Baha’i Citizen, Rejected by the Supreme Court

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Translation by Iran Press Watch

HRANA News Agency – The request for retrial of Homayoun Khanlari, a Baha’i citizen imprisoned in Lakan prison in Rasht, was rejected by the Supreme Court.

An informed source close to the family of this Baha’i citizen told HRANA: “Mr. Khanlari’s request for a retrial was rejected by the 39th branch of the Supreme Court.” It has also been opposed to his request to serve his sentence under electronic monitoring.
Mr. Khanleai was arrested by the security forces in Rasht in November of last year and was released from Lakan prison in Rasht in December of the same year after posting bail. During the arrest of this Baha’i citizen, the officers, while searching the house, confiscated some of his and his family’s personal belongings and took them away.

After some time, Mr. Khanlari was sentenced to two years and one day in prison (days already incarcerated will be counted towards his imprisonment) by the third branch of the Revolutionary Court of Rasht, headed by Mehdi Rasekhi, for “educational or propaganda activities contrary to or disturbing the holy Islamic law”. He was also sentenced to be deprived of social rights for ten years and pay a fine of fifty million tomans. This sentence was confirmed by the appeals court of Gilan province in July of this year.

In October this year, this Baha’i citizen went to Lakan prison in Rasht to serve his sentence.


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