Iranian authorities say they have arrested nine members of a Baha'i family in Tehran on charges including money laundering and tax evasion, amid an intensifying crackdown on the religious minority.
The group is accused of having "committed all kinds of violations and crimes," including "smuggling and hoarding medicine, fraud, money laundering…and tax evasion," the Ministry of Intelligence said on August 13.
The Iranian government has intensified its crackdown on Baha'is, arresting and imprisoning dozens of them on spurious charges over the past few weeks.
Shia Islam is the state religion in Iran. The constitution recognizes several minority faiths, including Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism, but not the Baha'i faith.
The Baha’i community claims to have more than seven million followers worldwide, including some 300,000 in Iran.