Ali-Reza Jamshidi confirms arrest of Baha’i ‘propagandists’

Here we go! After literally months of dealing with this case, the Iranian officials finally admit to the mass arrest of the Baha’is in Shiraz.

Interesting that so much of what Iranians do these days are against the system or threatening national security. What type of a system or security plan can be threatened with so much of what its citizens do?

 

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7215043.stm

Iran jails Bahai ‘propagandists’

Bahaism headquarters in Haifa

Bahais, whose headquarters are in Haifa, are seen as heretics in Iran

Iran has sentenced three members of the Bahai faith to four years in jail for security offences and 51 others to suspended prison terms. They were convicted for propaganda against the system in the southern city of Shiraz, a judiciary spokesman said, without giving details.

Bahaism is a branch of Islam viewed as heresy by Iran’s religious authorities.

The spokesman said the 51 suspended sentences were conditional on attending courses by state propaganda officials.

The defendants were arrested early last year, according to officials.

The authorities said they were proselytising in the southern city of Shiraz under the cover of helping the poor.

Speaking at his regular news conference, spokesman Ali Reza Jamshidi said the 51 had already been freed.

Iran’s constitution recognises only Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrianism as legitimate religions.

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/179915,tehran-confirms-arrest-of-members-of-bahai-religion.html

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Tehran – Tehran on Tuesday confirmed Western reports of the arrest of Bahai religious community members in the southern city of Shiraz, ISNA news agency reported. ISNA quoted judiciary spokesman Ali-Reza Jamshidi as saying that some 54 Bahais were arrested due to propaganda against the Islamic system. ISNA gave no further details on the nature of the propaganda. The spokesman added that three of them were sentenced to four-year jail terms and the others received a suspended sentence of one year. Unlike Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrianism, Bahaism is not recognized or allowed to be practiced in Iran.

http://www.nasdaq.com/aspxcontent/NewsStory.aspx?cpath=20080129%5cACQRTT200801290634RTTRADERUSEQUITY_0325.htm&

Iran Jails Three Bahai Faith Followers For Propaganda Against Islamic Revolutionary System
(RTTNews) – Iran has sentenced three members of the Bahai faith to four years in jail and 51 others to suspended prison terms in the southern city of Shiraz for propaganda against the Islamic Revolutionary system, a judiciary spokesman said, without giving details.

The authorities said the defendants were proselytizing in the southern city of Shiraz under the cover of helping the poor when they were arrested early last year.

Judiciary spokesman Ali Reza Jamshidi said the 51 had already been freed and their suspended sentences were conditional on attending courses by state propaganda officials.

Iran’s constitution recognizes only Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrianism as legitimate religions while Bahaism, a branch of Islam is viewed as heresy by Iran’s religious authorities.

http://www.mideastyouth.com/2008/01/29/54-bahais-sententenced-in-iran-for-charity-work/

 

54 Baha’is sententenced in Iran for charity work

Author: Omid T (Iran/USA) – January 29, 2008

Iran has sentenced 54 students who were charged with “For Propaganda Against Islamic Revolutionary System”. This story has been an ongoing one since May 2006. When the authorities in Iran rounded up 54 youth in Shiraz for charity work. The IRI has seriously upped the ante with this move and will only go to inflame the international community. Ironically, the Baha’is who are used to this type of deplorable treatment by their government will simply and humbly accept the sentences, which include state sanctioned re-education by the Islamic propaganda board.

The news article which can be found here is the end result of a May 2006 article here. You can see some photos of the youth arrested there.

I would like to state the in all likelihood the Baha’i youth and volunteers were NOT propagating the Baha’i Faith in Shiraz. In the Baha’i Faith we firmly believe that the best way to live up to the standards of our Faith in by example. Going out and talking about the Baha’i Faith to the poor in a highly charged city would be very dangerous and they know that. The local population would have had a fit anyway. Baha’is in Iran are banned from doing so and they accept that. We believe that eventual obedience to the authorities will result in trust, but apparently not. They were functioning as part of a local NGO modeled after UNICEF. It would be interesting to see the evidence against them.

http://news.monstersandcritics.com/middleeast/news/article_1388930.php/Tehran_confirms_arrest_of_members_of_Bahai_religion

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Tehran confirms arrest of members of Bahai religion

Jan 29, 2008, 10:29 GMT

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