Iran detains 5 more Baha'i

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February 14, 2010 13:14

 
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TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian authorities detained five more members of the Baha'i minority, a hardline newspaper reported on Sunday.

The daily Javan newspaper, which has ties to the elite Revolutionary Guards, reported that the five included Niki Khanjani, who is the daughter of Jamaloddin Khanjani, one of seven Baha'i leaders jailed since 2008 on charges of harming national security.

The report did not describe the current charges, but said many Baha'is have escaped to neighboring countries and the remote border areas of Iran after allegedly fomenting post-election unrest.

Opposition members have poured into the streets on several occasions since June to protest the result of the presidential election, which they maintain were tarnished by fraud.

Iranian authorities have repeatedly accused members of Baha'i minority of being involved in the turmoil.

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