Ali Ahmadi, a Baha’i citizen living in Ghaemshahr, was arrested on August 26 and transferred to Ghaemshahr Prison to begin a 1-year sentence. Mr Ahmadi was arrested by Iranian Police on October 23, 2018, and transferred to solitary confinement in the Kachuei Detention Center in Sari. He was released on bail on January 2, 2019.
The Ghaemshahr Revolutionary Court initially sentenced Mr Ahmadi to a total of an 11-year prison sentence on charges of “propaganda against the regime and the administration of the Baha’i organization.” However, a request for a retrial was filed on Mr Ahmadi’s behalf. By accepting the request for a retrial, the Supreme Court vacated Ali Ahmadi’s 11-year prison sentence and sent the case to Branch 28 of the Mazandaran Court of Appeals, which returned a sentence of 1-year in prison.
According to unofficial sources, there are more than 300,000 Baha’is in Iran, but Iran’s constitution only recognizes Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism and does not recognize the Baha’i faith. For this reason, the rights of Baha’is in Iran have been systematically violated over past years, Iran Press Watch reported.