Saturday, 23 June 2007

More persecution, this time in Sari

Recently (24 April 2007) the Islamic Republic Court of Sari (دادگاه انقلاب اسلامی ساری) decided the following sentence for one of the Baha’is of Sari: one year imprisonment followed by an additional 4 years exile in Birjand to complete his full punishment. The Court stated that the reason for this decision was that Mr Roshan was teaching the Baha’i Faith. He explicitly mentioned during the Court hearing that “all his activities were according to the guidelines given by the Islamic Republic Authorities and were amongst Baha’is only”. The Court also endorsed this statement as shown below:

کلیه فعالیت ها با نظارت اداره کل اطلاعات صورت می گرفته و فقط فیمابین اشخاص بهائی بوده و در بین مسلمان زاده ها این نوع فعالیت انجام نمی گرفته و نتیجتا تبلیغ علیه نظام جمهوری اسلامی ایران مصداق نداشته

Baha’is are obedient to the government and laws of the country where they live. How then, could the Islamic Republic Court in Sari arrive at such a decision? Isn’t this persecution, isn’t this discrimination, isn’t this a sign of commencing organised attack against the Baha’is.

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