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Seven charged with espionage in Iran

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Feb 17, IRNA – Iran’s Judiciary has charged seven members of the outlawed Bahai sect with espionage, it was reported here on Tuesday.

The seven committed criminal acts including spying for foreigners, the Judiciary spokesman Ali-Reza Jamshidi told reporters at his weekly press conference.

He added that the seven would attend their hearing sessions within one week.

According to Jamshidi, the group could have defence lawyers during their hearings.

He further commented on a letter recently sent to Information (Intelligence) Minister Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ejeie by Iran’s Prosecutor General Qorban-Ali Dorri Najafabadi about activities of the followers of the Bahai sect in Iran.

“Any acts which could be taken as propaganda against Islam, Iran and its Islamic establishment is definitely considered a crime and its perpetrators would be legally encountered,” Jamshidi said.

However, he stressed that members of the sect would have no problems for living in Iran as was the case for them in the past.

Iran’s Prosecutor General Dorri-Najafabadi had said on Sunday, “There is irrefutable evidence that adherents of the Bahai sect are in close contact with the enemies of the Iranian nation.”

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