A Baha’i Sentenced to Imprisonment


tebyanian (semnan)According to Human Rights Activists News Agency, the Revolutionary Court of Semnan has convicted a Baha’i resident to 18 months imprisonment.

According to the court ruling, Mrs. Susan Tebyanian[-Jabbari], a Baha’i resident of Semnan was convicted to 18 months imprisonment.  In the course of her sentencing, the court noted that because of lack of appropriate facilities in Semnan (given her background), one of the prisons in Tehran would be designated for her by the court.

It should be noted her trial took place about a month ago, but the present ruling was issued and communicated on August 12.

[Source: August 18, 2009, hra-news]


The Persian page of the Baha’i World News Service provides further details:

On June 2, 2009, the trial of Mrs. Susan Tebyanian, a Baha’i of Semnan, took place.  She had been arrested on April 27, 2009, and released on bail and surety on May 1.  The court sentenced her to 18 months imprisonment on the following charges:

  • Formation of illegal groups and societies associated with the Baha’i community under the pretext of “moral training classes”
  • Membership in illegal groups and societies of the Baha’is, such as, “Education Committee”, and “Committee for Training and Education”
  • Propaganda against the regime and in support of the Baha’is, such as, local gatherings and associations.

[Source: BWNS.  Translations by Iran Press Watch]


4 Responses

  1. Susan

    August 19, 2009 3:28 pm

    In other words her ‘crime’ is organizing and teaching Baha’i children’s classes.

    But then that is what Mona was hung for.

  2. sb

    August 20, 2009 11:36 am

    It chills my heart to think that such a tender, sweet soul as Mrs. Tebyanian must go to prison for doing nothing more than loving and serving her neighbors. we are praying for her and her family.

  3. frances landrum

    August 21, 2009 12:33 am

    This is more than an injustice, it is a tragedy that this beautiful soul should have to spend even one day behind bars. The time has come again for us to speak loud and clear to anyone who will listen.

  4. Gilmar Batista de Souza

    August 21, 2009 11:45 am

    Just a poem can talk in this case!

    How can I ?

    How can my heart cry?
    Thinking about all brothers
    Under another distant sky
    Feeling so poor their shoulders!

    How can my pen correctly write?
    A protest against the ignorance
    That insists in a good way to die
    Without go to the feast and dance!

    How can my eyes see that news?
    Passing through the video as a Show
    That we can never turn just a few
    Or put it in the realms below!

    How can I ?…


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