Iran: Three Baha’is Sentenced to 20 Years PrisonPublished by Ali on October 31, 2019
The Revolutionary Court of Semnan Province has sentenced three members of the Baha’i religious minority to a total of 20 years in jail on national security charges.
The Baha’is, Ardeshir Fanaian, Yalda Firouzian and Behnam Eskandarian, has been charged with “acting against national security through propagation and organized activities” and “membership in illegal groups acting against national security.”
According to the verdict, Ardeshir Fanaian has been sentenced 10 years in prison, one year ban from presence in Semnan and one year living in exile in the south-eastern city of Khash.
Yalda Firouzian and Behnam Eskandarian have been sentenced each to five years in prison and two years ban from presence in Semnan.
They were arrested on 30 April, 2019 and their houses were searched and their belongings were taken away from them.
Baha’i people of Iran are deprived of university education and the right to work with the government, and their businesses are shut down by religious authorities.
It is worth mentioning that about 300,000 people following the Baha’i Faith in Iran, and they are living under pressure for their religious beliefs.