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November 3, 2017

Yekta Fahandezh-Sa`adi summoned yet again

Payam News, October 28, 2017.

Yekta Fahandezh-Sa`adi (یکتافهندژسعدی), a Bahai from Shiraz, has again been summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence Detention Facility 100 in Shiraz.

Miss Fahandezh-Sa`adi was one of fifteen Bahais arrested in Shiraz in 2010. On February 3, 2012, she was again arrested by agents from the Ministry of Intelligence and spent 82 days in Detention Facility 100. She was released on bail and later charged with propaganda against the regime and undermining national security. She was given a five-year suspended sentence, but was later acquitted — a most unusual event — by the Court of Review.

However she was arrested again by agents from the Ministry of Intelligence on March 16, 2014. The agents searched her home and seized books, a laptop and personal effects. She was transferred to Detention Facility 100 and was detained for two months. On June 16, 2016 she was again tried and sentenced by Judge Doctor Sadati (دکتر ساداتی) to five years in prison on charges of “propaganda against the regime” and “collusion.” A month later, while waiting to begin serving this 5-year sentence, she was arrested again, and held for over 80 days in the Ministry of Intelligence’s detention facilities in Shiraz, before her release on bail on October 4. In December, 2016, the Court of Review in Shiraz reduced her 5-year sentence to two years in prison and a three-year suspended sentence. On March 19 this year she was taken to Adel Abad prison to begin serving this 2-year sentence, but according to the latest report she was released on furlough (not previously reported to my knowledge), and now has been summoned for interrogation on unspecified new charges.

[ It would appear that there is a tussle going on between factions of the governing apparatus. The Ministry of Intelligence in Shiraz, disturbed by her unusual acquittal, seems determined to show who is in charge by detaining her repeatedly ~ Sen ]

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  1. So, Sen, what do you make of this recent mixture of releases and new arrests occuring….it seems different from the 100% bleak news I was accustomed to getting from you of the Iranian Bahais? I loved Shiraz when I was there for 48hours… it even rained during the first night…which I took as a good omen. However the authorities there seem the most intense hard core of the hard core Revolutionary mullahs…..what are the background of those guys???

    Comment by KomaGawa — November 3, 2017 @ 20:23 | Reply

    • I don’t see much movement, except that here and there judges and prosecutors see the futility of keeping people in prison for bad theology, and try to give early release or in one case an actual acquittal. But the ideologues are firm in their belief that allowing heretics to believe their heresy unhindered would be the thin end of a wedge, a slippery slope, etc..

      Comment by Sen — November 4, 2017 @ 19:09 | Reply

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