Foad Khanjani released on bail.
8 May 2010
Population of Combat Against Educational Discrimination (PCAED) (8 May 2010): Foad Khanjani, a Baha’i citizen who has been denied the right to higher education was released on 8 May 2010 from Evin Prison on $50,000 bail. Khanjani has been summoned on numerous occasions to the Intelligence Ministry. He was last summoned and detained on 27 April 2010. His family had not heard any news about his condition or whereabouts for ten days before his release on bail.
It appears that members of the Khanjani family have been targeted for arrest in an attempt to exert pressure on Mr. Jamaloddin Khanjani, one of the seven former leaders of the Baha’i community of Iran. Foad Khanjani is Jamaloddin Khanjani’s grandson. Previously, another grandchild, Leva Khanjani, and Mr. Khanjani’s son, Niki Khanjani, were arrested by police.
On 14 May 2008, Iranian intelligence officials arrested six leaders of Iran’s Baha’i community: Mr. Jamaloddin Khanjani, Mrs. Fariba Kamalabadi, Mr. Afif Naeimi, Mr. Saeid Rezaie, Mr. Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Mr. Vahid Tizfahm. A seventh member of the leadership committee, Mrs. Mahvash Sabet, was detained by authorities in Mashhad on 5 March 2008.