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    Iranian Bahai man imprisoned for marrying a Muslim girl

    On April 19, four members of the Bahai religious minority were arrested in Qaemshahr, Iran. the day before, a young Bahai couple, Sahel Miri and Raheleh Ma`sumi had been arrested following a search of their home. It has emerged that the main charge against Mr. Miri is that he married a Muslim girl (Sahel) and caused her to change her religion. Because the accusation has been denied, the Ministry of Intelligence agents have pressured the parents of Raheleh to lay a complaint of Bahai conversion activities against their son-in-law. Raheleh, who is pregnant, has also been imprisoned. The office of the Ministry of Intelligence in Qaemshahr has prevented Raheleh being released on bail, although family members have twice offered to post the bail. The accusation is an emotionally charged one, as well as there being a law in Iran against non-Muslims men marrying Muslim women.

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