Viewers are anxious about the charges Mehdi Bahman Arrest, And Charge faced following his interview with Channel 13, where he criticized the regime in Tehran and the imposition of Islamic law.
As per Iran International, Mehdi Bahman is an Iranian writer, painter, and illustrator who worked towards religious coexistence.
The Irani illustrator is a researcher of religious proximity and has illustrated books of the Torah, Psalms, and the Bible.
For over 20 years, Bahman has been working on illuminating religious books for the cause of peaceful coexistence between religions and two illuminated copies of the Book of Psalms and Ezra are held in the Library of the United States Congress.
In recent years, Mehdi worked with dissident Shia cleric Masoumi Tehrani to create artworks containing symbols from various religions.
Moreover, he had given them as gifts to leaders of the minority Jewish, Christian, Zoroastrian, Sunni Islam, Mandaean Sabian, and Baha’i faiths in Iran.
One of his books, translated into Hebrew, claims the Iranian people have no problem with Israel and Jews around the world and want to normalize relations between Iran and Israel.
Mehdi Bahman Arrest: What Did He Do?
Iran International revealed Mehdi got arrested on October 12 after his interview with Israeli TV Channel 13.
On October 13, 2022, security forces arrested writer and painter Mehdi Bahman at his House in Tehran and jailed him in Ward 209 of Evin Prison.
While he was arrested after the outbreak of protests, the author gave his interview with Channel 13. In April 2022, he approached an Israeli woman to read his books translated into Hebrew.
In the interview, Mehamn criticized the regime in Tehran and the imposition of Islamic law and called for normalization between Israel and Iran.
The Israeli illustrator told Channel 13 that he was not afraid of being arrested for talking to an Israeli channel.
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Why Is An Iranian Illustrator Sentenced To Death?
Times of Israel claimed Irani author revealed he was sentenced to death after urging peace in Channel 13 Isareli TV interview.
Iranian officials or state media, there was no official confirmation of the sentence.
Iran claims that Iran International, a Persian-language satellite news program formerly predominately owned by a Saudi individual, was responsible for recent nationwide rallies that became violent and lethal.
However, Iran International describes itself as an “independent news organization providing uncensored, accurate and unbiased news to a Farsi-speaking viewership within and outside Iran.
Iran has been rocked by protests ever after Iranian-Kurdish Mahsa Amini, 22, who was arrested in Tehran on September 16 for allegedly violating the nation’s strict dress code for women, passed away while in detention.
What Are Charges Faced By Mehdi Bahman?
Authorities have sentenced a dissident author to death on “espionage” charges after he gave an interview earlier in the year to an Israeli television channel, opposition-affiliated media reported on December 29, 2022.
As per reports, Revolutionary Court had passed sentence. Recently, at least 11 people have been sentenced to death for their role in protests, and more than 100 face the death penalty, according to opposition groups.
Earlier this week, the Oslo-based group Iran Human Rights (IHR) exposed at least 100 Iranians arrested in more than 100 days of nationwide protests to face charges punishable by death.
Furthermore, Five detainees on the IHR list are women, and his report said many of them have limited access to legal representation.
In an updated death toll issued Tuesday, Human Rights revealed 476 protesters had been killed.
Early in December, Iran’s leading security organization released a list of more than 200 protesters who had been executed, including security personnel.
At least 14,000 protestors have been arrested since the nationwide unrest began, as per the United Nations reports.
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