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July 22, 2014

Jail Sentences for 15 Baha’is in Shiraz

Iran Press Watch, July 22, 2014.

According to a Persian report carried by ILNA news agency, the Iranian lawyer Guity Pourfazel has informed them of the conviction of her 15 Bahai clients in the Revolutionary Court of Shiraz. Four women were sentenced to one and half years in jail, the sentences being suspended for five years. Four of the remaining eleven accused were sentenced to three and half year in jail term for “continuous activity against national security.” The remaining seven are to serve twenty month terms.

Giti Pourfazel is quoted elsewhere as saying, “Lawyers are not given the evidence and documents in security-related cases, and these documents are not kept inside the case files, either. … There is only one report from the Intelligence Ministry, based upon which the judge makes his decision. I did ask them to show me the evidence on which my clients’ convictions were based, but I was told that ‘the documents are confidential and they cannot be shown to you.'”

Guity Pourfazel stated that she has decided to challenge these sentences in a court of appeals, and that she hopes that the judge handling the case would reconsider the initial rulings.

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