Three of the Four Detainees for Whom Bail Was Set Have Not Been Released as the Bail Is Excessive

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Babak Mobasher (on the left), and his father-in-law Allaedin Khanjani (on the right)
Babak Mobasher (on the left), and his father-in-law Allaedin Khanjani (on the right)

On September 3, Branch 4 of the court at Evin Prison set bail for three Bahais arrested in Tehran: Babak Mobasher, Nasr Arshi Moqaddam, and Ataollah Ashrafi. The family of the three detainees were informed by telephone from Evin prison that bail for Babak Mobasher and Naser Arshi Moqaddam was set at 25 billion Rials (700,000 euros or 938,000 US dollars), while 20 billion Rials (560,000 euros or 750,000 US dollars) was demanded for Ataollah Ashrafi’s temporary release.

These three have been charged with “subverting the economy of Iran,” and “membership in the Baha’i community of Iran.” Their family cannot afford to pay the bail, which amounts to 2.6 million dollars, or almost 2 million euros. They are being held in block 209 of Evin prison, which is controlled by the Ministry of Intelligence. Alaeddin Khanjani, known as Niki, is also held in block 209: there is no word about his condition.

On August 11, agents from the Ministry of Intelligence raided the home and optician’s shop of the Khanjani family in Tehran, and arrested Babak Mobasher, his father-in-law Alaeddin Khanjani, and four employees: Naser Arshi Moqaddam, Ataollah Ashrafi, Ruhollah Monzavi, and Javad Salehi. Javad Salehi was reported to have been released when it was discovered that he was a Muslim. Ruhollah Monzavi was released on bail of 1 billion rials (37,000 US dollars or 28,000 euros.) Iranian media reported this as the smashing of a big spectacle-smuggling network, and said there were eight arrests, without giving names.

Source: Hrana, http://goo.gl/j4x6DF

Translation by Sen’s Daily at http://wp.me/pNMoJ-25M

 

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