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Baha'is of Los Alamos will hold a prayer gathering at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Church, to express concern and support for the seven Baha’i members who have been in prison in Iran for nearly a year and who are now to stand trial on charges of spying for Israel and insulting Islam. The public is invited to attend.
The Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) announced on Feb. 11 that charges had been brought against the seven imprisoned members of the national-level committee that coordinates the activities for the Iranian Baha’i community.
In the report, deputy Tehran prosecutor Hassan Haddad said, “The case will be sent to the revolution ary court next week” and that the Baha’is are accused of allegedly conducting “espionage for Israel, insulting religious sanctities and propaganda against the Islamic republic.”
The Baha’is deny categorically these charges. Reportedly, no evidence against them has been brought to light. The seven Baha'is were arrested in March and May 2008 and have been held in Tehran’s Evin Prison. Allegedly, at no time during their incarceration have they been given access to their legal counsel, Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi.
At this time, it is reported some 30 other Baha’is are imprisoned in Iran solely on account of their religion.
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