US Panel Demands Iran Release 7 Baha'is On Trial

July 9, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Yahoo News

Wire Service: AP

A U.S. government agency is demanding that Iran release seven Baha'i prisoners rather than submit them to trials on charges of spying for Israel and religious charges.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is responding to a plea from Roxana Saberi, an Iranian-American journalist who spent almost four months in an Iranian jail, was convicted of spying for the United States, then expelled. Saberi says two of the Baha'is were her cellmates.