Court Hearing of 9 Iranian Baha’is in Mashhad

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The second and the last hearing of 9 Iranian Baha’is in Mashhad was held on Sunday, 3 Aban [October 25, 2009], in that city’s Revolutionary Court in the presence of the judge, the accused and their attorneys.

According to HRANA [Human Rights Activists News Agency], based on reports from the Baha’i Committee of Human Rights Activists in Iran, the defendants were accused of participation in a religious gathering in 1384 [2005/2006]. These accusations have intensified in recent months owing to a new wave of pressure against the Iranian Baha’i community.

Some of the charges brought against the Baha’is are propaganda against the Iranian regime, activities against [national] security, teaching the Baha’i Faith, distributing CDs, and insulting religious sanctities. Not all nine Baha’is received the same set of charges. It is noteworthy that these charges are brought against the Baha’is by the Ministry of Intelligence, but no representative of that Ministry has been present in any of the hearings. As the hearings come to a close, the court is expected to announce a verdict in the next few days.

The names of these Baha’is in Mashhad are: Davar Nabilzadeh, Hooman Bakhtavar, Jalayer Vahdat, Rosita Vaseghi, Sima Rajabian, Nasrin Ghadiri, Nahid Ghadiri, Kaviz Nouzdahi, and Sima Eshraghi.



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