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Baha'i Worshipper Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Baha'i Worshipper Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

By INU Staff

INU - Reports from Iran indicate that the Iranian regime has sentenced Sophia Mobini, a Baha'i citizen, to 10 years in prison.

Ms. Mobini was arrested in November 2017 during the ceremony of the 200th anniversary of the founder of the Baha'i Faith, and was released on bail.

Mobini is charged with the administration and formation of an "illegal" Baha'i group aimed at undermining the security of the regime.

Under the rules of the Iranian regime, the maximum penalty for such a charge is five years in prison. But Iranian regime officials who do not even adhere to their own laws condemned this Baha’i worshipper to 10 years in prison.

In addition, another Baha'i worshipper named Negin Tadrisi was sentenced to fie years in prison last Friday.

Iran has repeatedly charged Baha’is with national security-related offenses without disclosing evidence.

Baha’is in Iran are deprived of university education and the right to work in government positions, and their businesses are shut down by the Iranian regime.

A number of Baha’i students who had passed the college entrance exam in 2018 were not admitted to university and were deprived of continuing their education because of their faith.

Repression of ethnic and religious minorities and widespread human rights violations in Iran have been condemned by international human rights organizations.

Speaking to introduce the U.S. State Department’s annual report on religious freedom, Secretary Mike Pompeo said on Friday that repression of Baha'is, Christians and others continues to affect consciences in Iran.

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