“47 Baha’is Currently In Prison”
Following the sentencing of seven Baha’i leaders in Iran, Diane Ala’i, the representative of the Baha’i International Community told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that currently 47 members of the Baha’i Faith are inside Iranian prisons. According to Ala’i, the Baha’is are not facing moharebeh (enmity with God) charges. Their charges are “acting against national security,” “participating in illegal groups,” and “propagating the Baha’i Faith.”
She added that the seven individuals whose sentences were recently announced have been moved from Evin Prison to Rajaee Shahr Prison in Gohardasht, Karaj. According to her, after the trial, families have been able to visit the prisoners once every two weeks for ten minutes. They are allowed to visit their male relatives one week and their female relatives the next, making them unable to visit with their whole families at the same time.
She also told the Campaign that the verdicts for the seven Baha’i leaders have not yet been served in writing.