IRAN:SEVEN BAHA’IS leaders RISK EXECUTION

The seven members of Iran’s Baha’i religious minority are scheduled for trial on 11 July. If convicted, they could face the death penalty.

The detainees’ families were told in May that they were now facing the additional charge of mofsed fil arz (being corrupt on earth), which can carry the death penalty, and that a new date for their trial has been set. They are scheduled to appear on 11 July before Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran where they are likely to be charged with mofsed fil arz, as well as “espionage for Israel”, “insulting religious sanctities” and “propaganda against the system.” Their lawyers have never been able to visit them since their arrest, though they have been allowed family visits.

The seven are members of a group responsible for the Baha’i community’s religious and administrative affairs in Iran. They are held in Section 209 of Evin Prison, which is run by the Ministry of Intelligence. Six of the group’s leaders – Fariba Kamalabadi Taefi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Behrouz Tavakkoli and Vahid Tizfahm – were arrested following raids on their homes by officers from the Ministry of Intelligence on 14 May 2008. A seventh person, acting as a secretary for the group, Mahvash Sabet, had been arrested on 5 March 2008. Fariba Kamalabadi Taefi, Behrouz Tavakkoli and Jamaloddin Khanjani had previously been arrested for their activities on behalf of the Baha’i community. The Baha’i faith is not recognized under the Iranian Constitution.

PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in Persian, Arabic, English or your own language:

* calling on the Iranian authorities to release the seven members of the Baha’i minority (naming them) whom Amnesty International considers to be prisoners of conscience held because of their beliefs or peaceful activities on behalf of the Baha’i community;
* calling on them to drop the charges against the seven, which Amnesty International consider as politically motivated;
* expressing concern that if convicted of the charges they are said to be facing the seven could be sentenced to death;
* calling on the authorities to ensure that the seven are protected from torture and other ill-treatment;
* urging the authorities to ensure that the seven are given regular access to their families, lawyers of their choice and any medical treatment they may require.

SEND APPEALS BY WAY OF FAX, EMAIL OR POST/DELIVER A HAND WRITTEN LETTER TO: YOU CAN EVEN CALL THE EMBASSY AND RAISE YOUR CONCERNS DIRECTLY:

Leader of the Islamic Republic
Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Islamic Republic Street
End of Shahid Keshvar Doust Street,
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Email:info_leader@leader.ir
via website: http://www.leader.ir/langs/en/index.php?p=letter (English)
Salutation: Your Excellency
Or

Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
Office of the Head of the Judiciary
Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhouri,
Tehran 1316814737 Islamic Republic of Iran
Email:   shahroudi@dadgostary-tehran.ir
Salutation: Your Excellency

or

Iranian Embassy in Malaysia
H.E. Mahdi Khandaghabadi
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
EMBASSY OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN
No.1 Lorong U Thant Satu Off Jalan U-Thant 55000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603-4251 4824/4251 4830/4256 2904
Email: ir_emb@tm.net.my
Fax: 603-4256 2904

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