A Report about 8 Imprisoned Bahais from Gorgan

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Source: www.hra-news.org

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HRANA News Agency – Siamak Sadri, Farhad Eghbali, Farhad Fahandej, Farahmand Sanaei, Foad Fahandej, Payam Markazi, Kamal Kashani and Korosh Ziyari, 8 Bahais were arrested in 2012, and tried in branch umber 28 of the revolutionary court by judge Moghiseh and received sentences between 5 to 10 years in prison. 7 of these prisoners are serving their 5th, and one due to his illness, the 3rd year of their imprisonments without receiving any furlough.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), 32 Bahais from different cities in Golestan province were arrested in a one-year-long project and accused of interaction with Muslims and advocacy of Bahai faith, and put under severe pressure for confessions against themselves and accepting the allegations. 8 of them are serving their 5 to 10 years in Rajaei Shahr prison. The other 24 who are currently waiting for appeal court’s verdict, which was held on September 18, are facing sentences between 6 to 11 years.

Kamal Kashani, born in 1968 in Gonbad Kavoos was arrested on October 17, 2012 in Gorgan and transferred to Tehran. He was sentenced to 5 years in prison for propaganda against the regime, cooperation with conflicting countries and membership in Bahai underground organization and sentenced to 5 years in branch number 28 of the revolutionary court by judge Moghiseh.

This Bahai citizen was fired from university in 1980s while he was studying his last semester in Automobile Industry. He has arrest and 5 years and three months of imprisonment on his record between 1983 and 1988. He was charged with membership in a group in Bandar Torkman. During that time his brother Jamal Kashani was arrested in Dehghan Villa in Karaj and executed in Evin prison in 1984.

Farhad Fahandej, born in 1969 in Torbat-e-Haidariyeh and resident of Gorgan was arrested on October 17, 2012 in his house and after 7 months in limbo, sentenced to 10 years in prison by judge Moghisehin of branch number 28 of the revolutionary court, on charge of advocacy of Bahai faith and managing a Bahai organization.

Need to be mentioned, he was arrested in 1983 (when he was 24) and sentenced to 6 years in prison. He is suffering from different digestive diseases.

Foad Fahandej (younger brother of Farhad Fahandej), born in 1963 in Torbat-e-Haidariyeh, and resident of Gonbad Kavoosh, was arrested on October 17, 2012 and charged with propaganda against the regime, cooperation with conflicting countries, membership in an underground Bahai organization and sentenced to 5 years in prison in branch number 28 of the revolutionary court by judge Moghiseh.

Need to be mentioned, despite all of the efforts, requests of furlough for attending his daughter’s wedding were rejected. According to him, judge Moghiseh only with few questions and for giving positive answer to the question of “do you pray at your house with your family?” has told him “only this, is enough to issue a sentence for you”.

Koorosh Ziyari, born in 1964 in Sangar and resident of Gonbad Kavoos, was arrested on November 18, 2012 when he was going back to his house, in Gorgan. He was also charged with propaganda against the regime, cooperation with conflicting countries, membership in an underground Bahai organization and sentenced to 5 years in prison in branch number 28 of the revolutionary court by judge Moghiseh.

This Bahai citizen was injured two months before the arrest and was under medical treatment. Consequently he was had pains for some time. After multiple requests for medical furlough, this prisoner was transferred to the hospital but he is not healed completely.

Payam Markazi, born in 1965 in Tehran and resident of Gorgan was arrested on November 18, 2012, and charged with propaganda against the regime, cooperation with conflicting countries, membership in an underground Bahai organization and sentenced to 5 years in prison in branch number 28 of the revolutionary court by judge Moghiseh. Judicial authorities rejected his request for furlough for attending his daughter’s wedding, and also, for helping his ill mother.

His father, Amirhooshang (Shapoor) Markazi was executed in 1984 in Evin prison. His mother, Parichehr Azadeh, was also imprisoned for 5 years in 1980s.

Siyamak Sadri, born in 1973 in Yazd and resident of Gorgan was arrested on October 17, 2012, and charged with propaganda against the regime, cooperation with conflicting countries, membership in an underground Bahai organization and sentenced to 5 years in prison in branch number 28 of the revolutionary court by judge Moghiseh.

This Bahai citizen was fired from ministry of agriculture because of his religion.

Farahmand Sanayi, born in 1966 in Gorgan was arrested in his house along with his wife on October 17, 2012, and charged with propaganda against the regime, cooperation with conflicting countries, membership in an underground Bahai organization and sentenced to 5 years in prison in branch number 28 of the revolutionary court by judge Moghiseh. His wife was released after some time.

Farhad Eghbali, born in 1958 in Bandar-e-Gaz and resident of Gorgan was arrested along with 4 other Bahais on November 18, 2012. He was also charged with propaganda against the regime, cooperation with conflicting countries, membership in an underground Bahai organization and sentenced to 5 years in prison in branch number 28 of the revolutionary court by judge Moghiseh.

Some time ago tens of human rights organizations requested UN to prevent the harassment of Bahais immediately and cancel their imprisonment sentences.

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