In the days leading up to Naw-Ruz, March 21, agents of Ministry of Intelligence raided and searched the home of Mr. Mishel Ismaelpour, one of the Baha’is of Tonekabon (see attached map). A few days later, he was summoned to the Information Office of the same Ministry and interrogated, but was allowed to leave.
On Tuesday, April 21, 2009, a certain Mr. Ghulami of the above-mentioned Information Office summoned this Baha’i again, and from 8:30 in the morning until 12:30 in the afternoon he was questioned. Afterwards, he was sent to court under guard, where the prosecutor issued a temporary arrest order. He was then brought back again to the same Information Office.
When Mr. Ismaelpour’s family inquired of his whereabouts and condition, the Information Office refused to give a satisfactory response. That same afternoon, around 5 PM, he was sent to the prison facility of the Central Information Office in Sari.
According to the prosecutor in this case and contradictory statements by officials at the Information and Intelligence Office, Mr. Ismaelpour had not fully cooperated with officials in providing information about his beliefs. It was for this reason, and to complete his file, that he was sent to Sari.