Translation by Iran Press Watch
HRANA News Agency – Kamal Kashani and Farahmand Sanaei, two Baha’i religious prisoners from Gorgan, were released from Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj, on 22 September 2017, after completing five-year sentences. Their respective spouses, Parisa Shahidi and Farah Tebyanian, remain in prison for their religious beliefs.
Kamal Kashani, born in 1958 in Gonbad-e-Kavoos and resident of Gorgan, was arrested in Gorgan on October 26, 2012 and transferred to Tehran on charges of “propaganda against the regime, cooperation with hostile states and membership in the Baha’i secret organization”. Mr. Kashani was sentenced to 5 years in prison at Branch 28 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court by Judge Moghiseh.
Mr. Kashani has suffered persecution for his Baha’i Faith for many years. In the early 1980’s he was expelled from university, during his last term in the study of automotive industry. Mr. Kashani was previously imprisoned for 5 years and 3 months (1983 to 1988) due to his membership in the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Turkmen Port. During those years, his older brother, Jamal Kashani, who was a member of Spiritual Assembly of Dehghan Villa in Karaj was arrested and executed in Evin Prison on December 9, 1984.
Farahmand Sanaei, born in 1966 in Gorgan, was arrested with his wife, Farah Tebyanian, at their home in the city of Gorgan, on charges of “propaganda against the regime, cooperation with hostile states and membership in the Baha’i secret organization”. He was sentenced to 5 years in prison at Branch 28 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court by judge Moghiseh. His wife was released on bail a few days after her arrest, but later was sentenced to 1 year, 9 months in prison. She was arrested on June 23, 2017, and is now detained at Gorgan prison.