Iran Press Watch has learned that a Baha’i resident of the town of Babol in the province of Mazandaran was arrested on Tuesday, April 14, 2009.
Agents of the Ministry of Intelligence went to the home of the parents of Mr. Mushafiq Samandari armed with court order instructing the search of residence and arrest of Mr. Samandari. The search took place from 10 AM until about 11:30 AM on April 14. In the process, the agents confiscated such items as two cases of computer materials, printer and scanner, in addition to a number of books, CDs, videos and cassette tapes.
Since an order for the arrest of Mr. Samandari was issued previously, he presented himself to authorities at 12 noon and is presently incarcerated. It appears the charge against him stem from a private complaint by a family whose son is a friend of Mr. Samandari and the family has stated that “He is learning about the Baha’i Faith.” Authorities in Iran consider any discussion of the Baha’i Faith to be illegal and arrest any Baha’i who has mentioned the Faith in public.