The semi-official Fars News Agency quoted today the Tehran persecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi as saying that the trial of the recently detained Baha’is of Tehran “will be this week in a revolutionary court in Tehran”. He repeated the absurd charges that the Baha’is were behind the mass protests on Ashura (December 27), and that in the homes of several of the arrested weapons and ammunition were found. As we’ve mentioned, the crime of an armed struggle against the Islamic Republic carries the death penalty.

The Baha’i World Community flatly denied those charges. Diane Ala’i, the Community’s Representitive to the UN told the AFP that “without doubt, these are baseless fabrications devised by the government to further create an atmosphere of prejudice and hatred against the Iranian Baha’i community.”

According to a BBC Farsi report, the nine Bahai’s who were arrested on January 3, 2010 are: Babak Mobasher, Lava Khanjani-Mobasher, Negar Sabet, Jhinoos Sobhani, Artin Ghazanfari, Nasim Biglari, Sa’id Rowhani, Mehran Rowhani, and Payam Fanaian.