Iran accuses Bahais of having ties with Israel

Iran's chief prosecutor is accusing members of the minority Bahai faith of sharing information on Iran with enemy nations such as Israel. The religion, founded in the 1860s by a Persian nobleman, has a headquarters in Israel and has been banned in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution. Dozens of Bahais have been sentenced to prison in Iran in the past year on various charges. Seven Bahais in custody since early 2008 are yet to face trial. The Bahai International Community released a statement Saturday saying the seven are falsely accused of espionage. A state TV report Sunday quoted prosecutor Qorban Ali Dorri Najafabadi as saying evidence suggests the community as a whole has shared information with Israel and other enemies.