Diane Ala\’i, the Baha\’i International Community\’s representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, said the trial date became known after Iranian authorities sent a notice to Abdolfattah Soltani, a human rights lawyer who was arrested in the aftermath of Iran\’s disputed June 12 presidential election.
The writ of notification, dated July 15, sets a trial date for August 18, Ala\’i said: \”It is the height of absurdity to issue a trial notice to a lawyer who has himself been unjustly imprisoned,\” she said.
The upcoming trial, without the presence of the two key lawyers, amounts to another tactic to deprive the prisoners of their legal rights, Ala\’i said. She called it a \”travesty of justice.\”
She also said the August 18 trial date could change, noting that the families of the seven had been told in June that they were to be tried on July 11, only to have that date come and go.