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August 1, 2017

Sentences slashed for Ruhiyyeh Zaynali and Samir Khalousi

Human Rights in Iran (Persian), July 31, 2017.

The review court in Kerman has cut the senteces of Ruhiyyeh Zaynali (روحیه زینلی) and her husband Samir Khalousi (سمیر خلوصی) from five years each, to five months for Mr. Khalousi and 33 days for Mrs. Zaynali. They have already served this time in detention, while they were held by the Ministry of Intelligence, so they will not have to present themselves for imprisonment. Samir Khalousi (سمیر خلوصی) was arrested during a violent raid on the their home on December 30, 2016, and interrogated for 152 days before being released after posting bail of 100 million tumans (29,000 euros; $US 31,000). Ruhiyyeh Zaynali (روحیه زینلی) was arrested in Kerman on January 3, and released after posting the same amount in bail. After her arrest she was held for almost two months of interrogation by the Ministry of Intelligence, before being transferred to the Kerman Provincial Prison. The couple have two children, aged 7 and 16.

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  1. So, does this represent progress?

    Comment by KomaGawa — August 1, 2017 @ 16:38 | Reply

    • If the good news keeps coming, I will believe there has been a change in policy: Bahais are not normally to be imprisoned for their faith, but (see the recent business closures) are to be reduced to penury and denied higher education.

      Comment by Sen — August 1, 2017 @ 22:56 | Reply

  2. I would hope this is progress for the future.

    Comment by Tony Bristow-Stagg — August 3, 2017 @ 08:38 | Reply

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