Iran: Nine Baha’i Citizen Sentenced to More than 51 Years in Prison


ICBHR– Nine citizens in Birjand, East of Iran were reportedly sentenced to a total of 51 years and eight months in prison.
Islamic Revolutionary Court, chaired by infamous Judge Nabavi, issued the sever imprisonment against the citizens for their belief in Baha’i.
The court sentenced Atiyeh Salehi, Ataollah Mallaki, Farzaneh Deimi, Nasrin Ghadiri, Banafsheh Mokhtari, Arezou Mohammadi, Saeed Mallaki, and Roya Mallaki to six year prison term each. Islamic court handed out three years and eight months for Rahmatollah Deymi because he cannot bear prison conditions.
They were allegedly convicted on bogus charges of ‘membership in illegal establishment’, ‘disturbing security’, ‘propaganda for Baha’i faith’, and ‘opposing IRI’, ICBHR was informed.
Islamic agents broke in homes during the 200th anniversary of Baháʼu’lláh, the founder of the Baháʼí Faith, and closed their businesses about three years ago. Security forces interrogated homes and seized their personal belongings.
The citizens, who were serving prison term since December of 2019, are on furlough amid the COVID19 outbreak in the country.
According to unofficial sources, there are more than 300,000 Baha’is in Iran. The minority was not recognized by the Islamic constitution; however, it recognizes just Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism.
Baha’i minority in Iran is deprived of university education and the right to work with the government, and their businesses are shut down by the religious tyrants.

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