Sacred Moments: Honouring the 7 Imprisoned Innocent Baha’i Leaders in Iran

The seven imprisoned innocent Bahá’í leaders in Iran

Wollongong Bahá’í community will be holding a devotional meeting on Sunday 7th May, 11 am at Wollongong Bahá’í Centre of Learning to honour the seven imprisoned innocent Bahá’í leaders in Iran.

Nine years ago, seven innocent men and women were rounded up and thrown into Iran’s infamous Evin prison. After more than a year of illegal detention, they were put on trial, accused of espionage, “propaganda against the regime” and other alleged crimes that, in fact, related solely to their religious belief and practice.
The seven Baha’is – whose names are Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Mahvash Sabet, Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Vahid Tizfahm – were sadly convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

In November, that term of imprisonment was reduced to 10 years, due to the very delayed application of a new national penal code adopted in 2013, which essentially states that sentences should be served concurrently instead of consecutively.

Under the terms of the new penal code, the seven are also now eligible for conditional release. Indeed, as with their reduction in sentence, this should have happened promptly. The seven must therefore, as a matter of justice and consistency with Iran’s own national laws, be released immediately.

On the 9th anniversary of their incarceration, the Bahá’í  International Community is launching a campaign on the theme: “Not Another Year“. It will call for their immediate release, as well as reminding everyone that their sentences will have been fully served by May 2018 and they should not be held for even a day longer than the ten years of their sentence.

Wollongong Bahá’í community will be holding a devotional meeting on Sunday 7th May, 11 am at Wollongong Bahá’í Centre of Learning to honour the seven imprisoned innocent Bahá’í leaders in Iran.

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