A spokesman for Iran’s Judiciary, Ali-Reza Jamshidi, announced on 17 February that the seven Baha’i leaders would have court hearings within a week on charges of espionage,but no specific hearing date was ever announced. They have been charged with spying for Israel, insulting religious sanctities and propaganda against the Islamic Republic. These charges are unfounded and no evidence against them has been brought to light. The Baha’i leaders have been held for nearly a year in Evin prison and denied access to their attorney, the Nobel Laureate, Shirin Ebadi.
In mid-March, the families of the seven imprisoned Baha’is who were the members of the group called the Friends in Iran were informed that prosecutors were still working on the case and that court proceedings were a month away.
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