Iran: Heavy jail sentences for Baha’i women in northern Iran

Iran: Heavy jail sentences for Baha’i women in northern Iran

Published by on January 27, 2016

270101According to reports published just recently, a considerable number of Baha’i citizens have been sentenced to a total of 193 years behind bars in Gorgan, Minoodasht and Gonbad Kavoos in the northern Iranian Golestan Province.

At least 20 of them are women.

Sheida Ghodusi from Gorgan has been sentenced to 11 years in jail. Farah Tabianian, Pooneh Thanaie, Mona Amri Hessari, Parisa Shahidi, Mojdeh Zohuri, Parivash Shojaie, Tina Mohebati and Hana Aghighiyan from Gorgan; Bita Hedayati, Vathagh Sinaie and Hana Kushk-Baghi from Gonbad Kavoos were sentenced to 9 years in prison.

Rofia Pakzadan, Sudabeh Mehdinezhad, Mitra Nouri, Sheiva Rouhani, Maryam Dehghan and Nazi Khalkhi from Gorgan, and Kamelia Bideli and Shohreh Samimi from Minoodasht each were sentenced to 6 years behind bars.

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