HRANA, July 2
Samin Ehsani ( ثمین احسانی ), a Bahai activist for children’s rights, has been sentenced to five years in prison. The trial was held on June 10, and the sentence was announced to her lawyer in recent days. She was charged with propaganda against the regime, acts against national security, and de facto membership of the Bahai community. She engaged in teaching and assisting Afghan children who had been excluded from education. She was detained on August 17, 2011, in relation to some problems with her passport, and taken to Evin Prison in Tehran. Following that, security agents searched her home and seized her personal effects, computer, and items relating to the Bahai Faith. She was held for one month, before being released on bail of 175 million tumans (113,000 euros, $US142,000).
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