Trial of Bahai's in Iran accused of espionage postponed

August 17, 2009 15:55

The trial of seven members of the Baha'i religion on charges of espionage which had been scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed, a judiciary statement said Monday. According to the statement by the revolutionary court, carried by the ISNA news agency and quoted by Deutsche Presse Agentur, the trial was postponed at the request of lawyers who needed more time to read the case files and charges. No new date has yet been set for the new trial, ISNA said. The seven are charged with "spying for aliens," including Israel. Teheran claims to have documents proving the charges. Unlike Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrianism, Bahaism is illegal in Iran. It is a monotheistic religion that emphasizes the spiritual unity of the major world religions and mankind. Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi was reportedly leading the defense for the Baha'is, who are also charged with propaganda against the Islamic system in Iran and insulting religious sanctities.

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