Iran Press Watch has received the following disturbing report from the Baha’is of Tehran:
On Sunday, May 17, 2009, a phone call was received at the home of Mr. Shahram Hasim, one of the Baha’is of Tehran, and following voicemail was left: “We are contacting you from the office of NAJA [security force of the Islamic Republic]. Mr. Shahram Hasim should present himself tomorrow morning at our office located on Vahdat Islamic Avenue, the section dealing with religious minorities.”
Since this message came by telephone, he decided not to comply. Next afternoon, the same agency contacted Mr. Hasim on his cell phone, and asked, “Did you not receive our message? Why have you not come to our office?” He replied that he had received the message, but since this summons came by telephone, he felt that it was not consistent with the law. He added that he would come when a written warrant was received in accordance with legal procedures. He was told to await the written documentation.
Two days later, on Wednesday, May 20, he left his house for work using his personal automobile, and has not returned home since. No news has been received of him. His last contact with his wife was at 10 am on Wednesday, but his cell phone has remained silent ever since.
Despite many phone calls and visits by his wife to the aforesaid office, as well as to the main office of the Ministry of Intelligence, Information Office and Police station, none of these official organs have any information and have refused involvement.
It appears that the authorities have embarked on a new method of arresting Baha’is through kidnapping, and that persecution and harassment of the Baha’i community has entered a new ominous phase. Under these circumstances, it is not clear what authority in Iran will provide for the security and well-being of the Baha’is of that nation.
It should be noted that when Mr. Hasim left his house, he was carrying with him his personal laptop.
All friends and human rights organizations are requested to spread this news.
The original Persian version is attached
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