8.07.2020
Human Rights Without Frontiers

In Shiraz, the trial of 26 Baha'is begins and is adjourned

On June 15, the trial of 26 Bahais in the Revolutionary Court of Shiraz began, but was adjourned after three hours after the defence lawyer pointed to problems in the files supported the charges.

According to the summons, issued on June 8, these Bahais were charged with

“propaganda against the regime and in favor of groups opposing the regime, running groups opposing the regime, membership in these groups, propaganda activities for, and cooperation with, hostile states; links to states hostile to the Islamic Republic and [supporting] global arrogance, and implementing their plans, [all the above taking] the form of the Bahai organization in Iran.”

In short, by being Bahais they are supposed to be guilty of all these things. Judge Sayyed-Mohammad Saadaati (قاضی سیدمحمود ساداتی) referred the case back to the Prosecutor’s Office for further and better investigations. The cases are already several years old. It appears that a Prosecutor who has declared his intention to “uproot” the Bahai community in Shiraz has been reviving prosecutions that had previously been dropped.

Those accused are:

  • Parisa Rouhi-zaadegaan (پریسا روحی زادگان), arrested September 28, 2016.
  • Esma`il Rusta (اسماعیل روستا), arrested July 16 or 17, in connection with environmental activism.
  • Bahareh Nowruzi (بهاره نوروزی), arrested September 28, 2016 or soon after.
  • Bhenam Azizpour (بهنام عزیزپور), previously reported as Behnam Azirpour (بهنام عزیرپور), arrested September 29, 2016.
  • Thamareh Ashnaa’i(ثمره آشنایی), previously reported as Thamar Ashnaa’i (ثمر آشنایی), arrested November 22, 2016.
  • Ramin Shirvani (رامین شیروانی), arrested on July 16, 2016.
  • Rezvan Yazdani (رضوان یزدانی) arrested November 22, 2016.
  • Soroush Eqaani (سروش ایقانی), arrested September 28, 2016. In this report he is named Soroush Eqaani-Soghaadi (سروشایقانی صغادی).
  • Sa`id Hosna (سعید حسنی), arrested July 16, 2016.
  • Shaadi Saadeq-Eqdam (شادی صادق اقدم), arrested September 28, 2016.
  • Shamim Ekhlaqi (شمیم اخلاقی), arrested September 28, 2016.
  • Sahba Farahbakhsh (صهبا فرحبخش), arrested September 28, 2016.
  • Sahba Maslahi (صهبا مصلحی), arrested September 28, 2016.
  • Ahdiyyeh Enayati (عهدیه عنایتی), arrested September 28, 2016.
  • Farbod Shaadmaan (فربد شادمان), previously named as Farid Shaadmaan (فرید شادمان), arrested September 28, 2016.
  • Farzad Shaadmaan (فرزاد شادمان), arrested September 28, 2016.
  • Lala Salehi (لالا صالحی), arrested November 22, 2016.
  • Mazhgaan Gholaampour-Sa’adi (مژگان غلام پور سعدی), whose name has previously been reported as Mazhgah (مژگاه), arrested September 28, 2016.
  • Marjaan Glomaampour (مرجان غلام پور), arrested September 28, 2016.
  • Maryam Eslaami-Mahdiaabaadi (مریم اسلامی مهدی آبادی), arrested September 28, 2016.
  • Mahyar Safidi Miandoab [=Miaandou-aab] (مهیار سفیدی میاندوآب), arrested September 28, 2016.
  • Nabil Tahdhib (نبیل تهذیب), arrested July 16 or 17, in connection with environmental activism.
  • Nasim Kaashaani-nezhaad (نسیم کاشانی نژاد), arrested November 22, 2016.
  • Noushin Zanhaari (نوشین زنهاری), arrested July 16, 2016.
  • Varqa Kaaviaani (ورقا کاویانی), arrested September 28, 2016.
  • Yekta Fahandezh-Sa`adi (یکتا فهندژ سعدی), arrested 2010, again on February 3, 2012 (sentenced, but then acquitted by the Review Court), again on March 16, 2014 (sentenced June 16, 2016 by Judge Doctor Sadati (دکتر ساداتی) to five years in prison), again on March 16, 2014 (sentenced in December 2018 to ten years in prison by Judge Mohammad Mojtaba Rudijaani (قاضی محمد مجتبی رودیجانی)). 

In March, 2020, they were informed of the pending trial and summoned to present their final defence.

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