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Trial for seven Baha’is in Iran likely to be postponed Print E-mail

Washington, 15 October (WashingtonTV)—The trial of seven members of the Baha’i faith in Iran, which was due to take place on 18 October, will likely be delayed again, the Baha’i World News Service said on Wednesday.

While the family members of the seven prisoners have not been informed of any change to the trial date, Iranian law requires that lawyers receive a formal writ of notification two business days prior to appearing in court.

However, it seems unlikely that the trial will take place on Saturday, since there is only one business day remaining prior to then. Thursday was a holiday in Iran, and Friday is not a business day.

Another factor that may delay the hearing, says the Baha’i World News Service, is that the Judiciary has not yet responded to an appeal submitted by the defense attorneys in early September, which argued that the continued detention of the seven defendants contravened the law.

The five men and two women have been detained in Tehran’s Evin Prison for more than 16 months, with limited access to their attorneys.

Official Iranian news accounts have said that the seven are accused of “espionage for Israel, insulting religious sanctities and propaganda against the Islamic Republic.”

The Baha’i International Community categorically denies all the charges.

The Baha’i faith, which was founded in Iran in 1863, is not recognized by the Iranian government. There are some 300,000 Baha’is living in Iran, making the faith the largest minority religion there.

Source: Baha’i World News Service

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