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May 15, 2021

Atosa Ahmadaa’i sentenced: 4 years


HRANA, May 13, 2021. –

Atosa Ahmadaa’i Rafsanjaani ( آتسا احمدآئی رفسنجانی), a Bahai from Tehran, has been sentenced to eight years in prison by a Revolutionary Court headed by Judge Afshaari (قاضی افشاری). The trial was held on February 28. Mrs Ahmadaa’i was sentenced to four years in prison for forming a group to undermine state security, because she had applied to the Ministry of the Interior for permission to establish an NGO focussing on the empowerment of women who have no support. The Ministry declined her application because of her Bahai beliefs. She was also sentenced to three years in prison for “assembly and collusion to undermine state security” and to one year in prison for “propaganda against the regime.” Sentences in Iran are normally concurrent.

She was arrested in a raid on her home in Tehran on January 20, 2019, has held incommunicado in Evin prison for 38 days before being transferred to a general section of the prison. She was released on bail on March 6, 2019. Bail was set at 200 million tumans (39,000 euros ; $US 47,000). Her case file was passed to Judge Amouzaad (قاضی عموزاد), where it remained for the next two years, until Judge Afshaari, in another branch of the court, commandeered the file, simply because the accused is a Bahai. Judge Afshaari held a trial at which he insulted Mrs Ahmadaa’i and treated her lawyer badly, and issued a judgement in the case without detailed examination. The only evidence was her application to form an NGO for women.

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