Forced Closure of Baha’i Businesses

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closedAs reported previously by Iran Press Watch (IPW1IPW2 and IPW3), on July 8, 2009, around 4 pm in the afternoon, four agents of the Information office of the Ministry of Intelligence of the city of Sari, in Province of Mazandaran, visited the optical store of Sohrab Laqa’i and detained him.  The following update is provided by the online site of Human Rights Activists News Agency:

According to a report by the Baha’i Committee of Human Rights Activists in Iran, towards the end of last week, agents of the Public Properties went to the optical shop of Sohrab Laqa’i, a Baha’i prisoner, and without presenting any evidence, proceeded to close and seal that business location.  Afterwards, the same agents went to the shop of Mr. Laqa’i’s wife, Mrs. Zahra Golabian, and closed that business as well.

It should be noted that Sohrab Laqa’i was arrested at the place of his work on July 8 by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence of Sari on the charge of “propaganda against the regime.”  He was kept at the incarceration center of the same Ministry.

After 38 days in solitary confinement in Shahid Kachouie detention center, he was transferred to the general prison facility of Qa’emshahr.  Despite continual efforts of his lawyer and family, he continues to languish in prison.  It should be noted that security agents had previously threatened this prisoner of conscience with the closure of his business.

[Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2009, at hra-news and hra-iran.  Translation by Iran Press Watch.]

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