A court without observers and hardly lawyers-only in Iran!

A court without observers and hardly lawyers-only in Iran!
by Parvaneh A. Farid

The justice system in Iran is in great need of training ,says I, who is not even a lawyer but aware of basic human rights. The trial of the 7 Baha'is in iran started today,of course without allowing any observer not to say that even their lawyers had to fight their way to the courtroom. But of course the prisoners' interrogators from the Ministry of Intelligence and a film crew were seen going in, raising questions about the nature of the trial.

An Iranian Web site linked to state-run television (//fararu.com/vdcaoine.49nam15kk4.html) posted a story Monday evening announcing that the trial had already begun and listing the same baseless accusations made in the past against the seven.

In any event, all of these accounts point to a trial that is highly irregular, very similar to the show trials that have been held in Iran in recent months.

The seven are Mrs. Fariba Kamalabadi, Mr. Jamaloddin Khanjani, Mr. Afif Naeimi, Mr. Saeid Rezaie, Mrs. Mahvash Sabet, Mr. Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Mr. Vahid Tizfahm.


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old habits are hard to break - IRI does the same to many

by MM on

IRI did even worse show trials in the beginning, in the early 80's.  Remember death sentences that were handed down without jury, due process and affected immediately (no appeals)  by firing squads?

Nothing by these Islamists surprises us anymore, but it does not mean that we can forget about these folks, and should appeal for their safety to the Amnesty International and other authorities so that they are released and certainly not end up ingesting hair-removal products or heart medications in massive doses, in jail.  

Adib Masumian

Thank you

by Adib Masumian on

Thank you so much for keeping everyone on IC posted about this grave situation.

For anyone who uses Twitter (or even if you don't but wouldn't mind refreshing a page every now and then), a few people and I have started a Twitter account that is currently dedicated to keeping people posted on the proceedings of the trial of the Yaran. We will post links and other details from news sites as they become available. I also recommend following this Twitter page because we have the benefit of receiving input every few days from one of the relatives of the Yaran, and therefore can ensure that we can provide the most accurate information and the earliest time possible:




Looooong jail sentences awaiting these people

by Faramarz_Fateh on

The IRI won't kill these people.  But they will hand down very long jail sentences and continue using these people as assets for negotiations.

That is, if Bahais promise not to be active in Iran, they may quietly release these people or reduce their sentences.

Good luck to them and their families. 

Ali P.

To: Faryam

by Ali P. on

Thanks so much for the information on these individuals.


Ali P.


It is truly shameful

by Cost-of-Progress on

for a regime to treat its own citizens this way.


Shame on all the supporters of this brutal anti Iranian regime.

I should also mention that it is not the "justice system" (an oxymoron in today's Iran), but the enitre so called system of government in the hand of reesh-o pashm and stink that needs to go.




Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Definition of Israeli spy

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


According to IRR and its recent advocates on IC is anyone who does not two the line. I truly feel for the Baha'i in Iran. To be clear I am not a Baha'i and do not religious at all. But the way the IRR treats Baha'i shows the total moral bankruptcy of the regime. 

I wish these people good luck because they are going to need it. After all being at the mercy of phony charges of IRR and its judiciary is a serious problem.

If IRR is truly serious about getting rid of corruption on earth they should start with themselves. I cannot think of worse corruption than the actions of IRR.



The Seven Accused

by faryarm on

The seven prisoners accused as "spies" are:

Fariba Kamalabadi, 46, whose physician father was arrested in the 1980s, tortured and imprisoned, was an honours student denied entry to university but who became a developmental psychologist while raising three children. On the first anniversary of Ms. Kamalabadi's arrest, her youngest, Alhan, wrote an open letter expressing the “mountain load of pain and sorrow” she carried during “a year of being far from a mother.”

Jamaloddin Khanjani is a 75-year old industrialist, a father of four and a grandfather of six.

Afif Naeimi, 47, is a brilliant student who was denied entry to medical school but who became a successful industrialist. He is a father of two.

Saeid Rezaie, 51, is a Baha'i scholar and an agricultural engineer with a farming equipment business. He has three children.

Mahvash Sabet, 55, is a teacher and principal who was dismissed from public education for being a Baha'i. She served as director of the Baha'i Institute for Higher Education for 15 years. She has two children.

Behrouz Tavakkoli, 57, is a former lieutenant in the Iranian army and social worker who specialized in the care of people with disabilities. He lost his government job after the Islamic Revolution because he was a Baha'i. He has spent previous time under arrest in solitary confinement. He has two sons, one a student and the other an engineer living in Canada.

Vahid Tizfahm, 35, is an optometrist and a former member of the Baha'i National Youth Committee. He has one son.

After their arrest, the seven spent five months in solitary confinement. They are accused of “espionage for Israel,” “insulting religious sanctities” and “spreading corruption on the earth.” They have been pushed out of government positions and universities and vilified. Baha'i cemeteries have been desecrated. Baha'is have been jailed and executed, and their religious institutions banned.