Yet more innocent Baha’is detained in Iran…
Two Baha’is were arrested by Security forces in Babolsar, on Tuesday and Wednesday, the 29th and 30th of Day (19-20 Jan 2010)
Harana News -Rights of religious minorities: Two Baha’i residents of Babolsar were arrested by Security forces. As reported by the Baha’i Committee of the Society of Human Rights Activists in Iran, the Security forces arrived at the home of a Baha’i resident of Babolsar ( identity protected ) on the evening of Tuesday the 29th of Day, searched the house, confiscated personal property items such as computers and religious books, and then arrested the citizen. The Security officers took the citizen to an unidentified location.
Also, on Wednesday the 30th of Day, Security forces went to the home of Hoda Fallah, another Baha’i resident of Babolsar, searched her house, confiscated her belongings, and took Ms. Fallah to the Information Office. Ms. Fallah was released the same day, after a three hour interrogation. It should be noted that a few days before these arrests, on Friday the 25th of Day (15 Jan), Security forces had attacked a Baha’i religious gathering in Babolsar, interrogated those present, confiscated their mobile phones, and then left.
Source: Iran Press Watch
Yet another tale of injustice from Iran:
A Baha’i has been convicted of the charge of propaganda against the regime and of teaching the Baha’i Faith, and has been sentenced to three years in prison. As reported by the Baha’i Committee for Human Rights in Iran, the Revolutionary Court of Semnan handed down its verdict against a Baha’i from Semnan, by the name of Siamak Iqani. Mr Iqani had been charged with propaganda against the regime and with teaching the Baha’i religion; he has now been sentenced to three years of imprisonment. At the request of the defendant, the case has been sent to the Provincial Court of Appeals for review.
Source: Iran Press Watch
My heart goes out to those seven innocent Baha’is whose show trial began today in Iran.
Initial reports indicate that the trial is marked by numerous violations of legal due process.”We understand that no observers were allowed in the court,” said Diane Ala’i, the Baha’i International Community’s representative to the United Nations in Geneva. “We find this completely outrageous, given that these seven have been held purely because of their religious beliefs, in total contradiction to any human rights standards.”We understand that even the lawyers had to argue their way inside the court – lawyers who in any case had virtually no access to the accused for nearly two years.”At the same time, the prisoners’ interrogators from the Ministry of Intelligence and a film crew were seen going in, raising questions about the nature of the trial,” she said.Ms. Ala’i also noted that an Iranian Web site linked to state-run television posted a story Monday evening announcing that the trial had already begun and listing the same baseless accusations made in the past against the seven.”In any event, all of these accounts point to a trial that is highly irregular, very similar to the show trials that have been held in Iran in recent months,” she said.The seven are Mrs. Fariba Kamalabadi, Mr. Jamaloddin Khanjani, Mr. Afif Naeimi, Mr. Saeid Rezaie, Mrs. Mahvash Sabet, Mr. Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Mr. Vahid Tizfahm.