Five Baha’i women living in Mashhad were sentenced to a total of five years in prison.
The 35th Branch of the Revision Court of Razavi Khorasan Province upheld a total of five years in prison for five Baha’i women living in Mashhad, the province’s capital.
The Baha’i citizens are accused of “propaganda against the state through proselytizing Baha’ism.”
The court informed the five Baha’i women of their verdicts on Thursday, December 17, 2020.
The Revision Court of Razavi Khorasan Province convened in the absence of the five Baha’i women and their lawyers. They did not even know that the trial was going to be held.
Nakisa Hajipour, Sanaz Es’haghi, Nika Pakzad, Naghmeh Zabihian, and Farzaneh Daneshgari had been arrested in Mashhad in November 2015.
The 3rd Branch of the Revolutionary Court of Mashhad sentenced each of them to one year in prison.
The clerical regime has stepped up pressure on Baha’i citizens in recent months.
The Revision Court of Qaemshahr, in northern Mazandaran Province, upheld a one-year prison term for a Baha’i citizen in this city.
Also, in the southern Province of Kerman, Vahda Seilani, was imprisoned last week to serve her one-year sentence in the Central Prison of Kerman.