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Concern as February 7 looms

05/02/2010

West Berkshire’s Bahá’i community say they are concerned for their seven Iranian friends in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison, as February 7 looms – the date set for the second session of the much-delayed trial.

The trial started on 12 January 2010, with the Iranian authorities indicating that the day’s proceedings were merely the ‘first session’.

Shawn Khorassani, a West Berkshire based Bahá’i, said: “We are concerned for our friends who are still in jail. The start of the trial prompted a strong international reaction and messages of support, including a call by Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi for their immediate release and ultimate acquittal.

“We are praying that the voices of people from all over the world, with their messages of goodwill, will put an end to this persecution.”

The charges against the seven were reiterated in news accounts in government-sponsored news media as: espionage, “propaganda activities against the Islamic order,” the establishment of an illegal administration, co-operation with Israel, the sending of secret documents outside the country, acting against the security of the country and “corruption on earth”.

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