1-year jail term upheld for member of Sufi Order in Iran

This article was last updated on May 25, 2022

A Gonabadi Sufi has been sentenced to a year in prison, an opposition site reports.

According to Majzooban Noor, a site affiliated with the Nematollah Gonabadi Sufi Order, an appeals court in Iran has upheld a jail term handed down to Alireza Roshan, a member of the order and a book reviewer for the reformist newspaper Shargh.

Branch 26 of Revolutionary Court, presided over by Judge Pirabbasi, had originally sentenced Roshan to a year in prison and a four-year suspended jail-term on charges of “assembly and collusion in order to undermine national security.”

The ruling was later approved by the appeals court.

Alireza Roshan was arrested in September 2011 after security forces raided the office of Majzooban Noorwebsite. He was released on bail after spending a month in Evin Prison.

In recent years, the Gonabadi dervishes have increasingly become the target of persecution, with many members of the community being subjected to attacks, arrests and lengthy jail terms.

Prior to his house arrest in February 2011, Green Movement leader Mahdi Karroubi repeatedly expressed his support for Sufi rights in the country.

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