Iranian Baha'i Activist Given Long Prison Term
human rights activist and Baha'i follower who was barred from studying at a
university has been sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined by a Revolutionary
Court in Tehran, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.
Navid Khanjani, 24, was found by the court to be a member of the central council
of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters, which was established for students
who were not allowed to attend universities in Iran.
Khanjani was found guilty by the court of "spreading lies," "agitating public
opinion," and "propaganda against the regime by publishing news, reports, and
interviews with foreign TV and radio," it was reported on January 31.
Banned from studying at a university allegedly because he was a member of the
Baha'i faith, Khanjani formed a group in 2009 called the Population to Combat
Khanjani was arrested in Esfahan in 2010. After a 65-day detention in the ward
in Tehran's Evin prison, he was released after posting bail. Khanjani had
previously been barred from leaving Iran.
Mostafa Khosravi, a student activist and member of the policy-making committee
of the Graduates Association of Iran, told Radio Farda that such harsh
crackdowns on student activists are unprecedented.
Khosravi noted that Iran's student movement has been under pressure by various
governments since it was founded 57 years ago. But in the past 18 months, many
opposition students have faced nonstop suppression for taking part in activist
Iran's chief prosecutor, Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei, said on January 31 that
sentences for 15 people arrested during the postelection unrest have been
finalized and will be announced in the near future. He did not say the names of
the 15 prisoners.
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