February 10, 2010
From the early hours of this morning, security agents began to raid the homes of a number of Baha’is in Tehran and arrested them.
HRANA – According to the Committee of Human Rights Reporters, the identities of the arrestees obtained thus far are: Neikey Khanjani, Ashkan Besari, Maria Jafari and her son, Hooman Sisani and Romina Zobihian,
Neikey Khanjani is the daughter of Jamalodin Khanjani, one of the 7 former directors of the Baha’i community who has been in detention for over a year and a half and whose trial was held on February 7th.
It should also be mentioned that Neikey Khanjani’s daughter, Lava Khanjani, and her son in-law, Babak Mobasher, were previously arrested on January 3, 2010, during the then widespread raids and arrests of Baha’is in Tehran.
Similarly, Maria Jafari is the niece of Payam Fanaeeian, who is one of the 10 Baha’is arrested in Tehran on January 3, 2010.
According to received reports, the reason given by security agents for the arrests of these individuals is creation of disturbance.
Over the past few days, government media have undertaken to disseminate the forced confessions of a number of Baha’is who were arrested on January 3rd on charges of creating disturbance on the day of Ashura.