Two Mashhad Baha’i Citizens Began Serving 5 Year Prison Sentence


Jalayer Vahdat (RAHANA – 24 Oct 2010) Two Mashhad Baha’i Citizens Jalayer Vahdat and Sima Eshraghi have been transferred to the Vakilabad Prison in order to serve their 5 year prison sentence.

Mashhad (Persian: مشهد, ‹Mašhad›, literally the place of martyrdom) is the second largest city in Iran and one of the holiest cities in the Shia Muslim world.RAHANA: The two Mashhad Baha’i citizens were taken into custody after appearing at the Vakilabad Prison in order to begin serving their 5 year prison sentence.

According to the RAHANA reporter, Jalayer Vahdat and Sima Eshraghi were previously held in solitary confinement for 2 months before being temporary released on a $150,000 bail.  They were transferred to the Vakilabad Prison in order to begin serving their jail terms.

They have been convicted of anti-regime propaganda, acting against national security and blasphemy.

Currently, Davar Nabilzadeh, Nahid Ghadiri, Nasrin Ghadiri, Rozita Vaseghi, Hooman Bakhtavar, Kaviz Nouzdahi and Sima Rajabian are the other Baha’i citizens who are serving their 2-5 year prison terms for similar charges.




4 Responses

  1. David Whitmon

    November 8, 2010 10:59 am

    So what happens when these Baha’is serve their prison terms? They are still Baha’is. When will the failed government of Iran realize that their actions are futile and that the world is watching them closely?

  2. Steve Paschal

    November 10, 2010 5:59 pm

    What a tragic farce. When will people learn that adherents to a particular faith, which they consider sacred, are not going to jettison their beliefs when persecuted or even killed? The regime in Iran have been laying siege to the Baha’is of that country since the Baha’i Faith’s inception in 1844. The Baha’i Faith is widly recognized as one of the most wide spread religions in the world and one of most rapid in growth. Hello! Anybody home in mulla ville?


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