4 Baha’i citizens held behind bars under very unsound conditions at Shiraz Pirbenoy prison

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vahdat-copy1 [RAHANA 16 Dec. 2011] Even though prison officials at Pirbenoy prison in the city of Shiraz assured the prisoners, Vehdat Dana, Afshin Ehsenian, Farham Masoumi, and Keyvan Karmi, that the conditions would become better, they have gotten much worse.

Human Rights House of Iran reports that in the past days, Vehdat Dana, Afshin Ehsanian, Farham Masoumi and Keyvan Karmi were transferred to Ward 1 of Shiraz Pirbenoy prison where they are being kept in a very cold cell with 30 other prisoners.

These 4 Baha’i prisoners are prohibited from exiting the cell, depriving them of any movement in the ward. They are banned from visitations and are not allowed to contact their families. Even though their families delivered their medications, the prisoners did not receive them due to the prison infirmary being closed. These conditions are especially dangerous for Vehdat Dana who is suffering from heart disease.

Branch 1 of the Shiraz Revolutionary Court handed down a 10-month prison sentence to these 4 Baha’i citizens on March 1, 2010 on the charge of “propaganda against the regime.” The sentencing was upheld at the Shiraz appellate court in August 2011. They were arrested in early December 2011 and transferred to Pirbenoy prison in Shiraz to serve their sentences behind bars.

Source: http://www.rahana.org/en/?p=12273

Article in Persian: http://www.rahana.org/archives/46566

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  1. TRUTH

    January 6, 2012 6:48 pm

    Page A8

    Source: By Dale Anne Freed, Toronto Star

    Sex charges withdrawn when psychiatrist resigns
    The College of Physicians and Surgeons withdrew charges of sexual impropriety yestery against a psychiatrist who is past secretary general of the Baha’i faith in Canada.

    Charges were withdrawn against Dr. Hossain Banadaki Danesh in exchange for Danesh’s immediate resignation and his “written undertaking not to reapply for another licence to practice medicine in Ontario or to apply to practice medicine anywhere else, at any time.”

    He has also agreed to post $10,000 security toward costs incurred by the college in paying for therapy for the complainants.

    Charges were laid by three former patients.

    Danesh, 56, has not admitted to any sexual impropriety with any of his patients.

    Danesh came to Canada from Iran in 1970 and is well-known in the Baha’i community for his marital counselling and seminars, as well as his lectures on

    http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jrcole/bahai/1999/danesh.htm

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  2. Star

    January 8, 2012 11:38 pm

    David Kelly became a member of the Bahá’í Faith around 1999. He was introduced to this faith by Mai Pederson, a US military linguist and intelligence operative.[9][10]

    Although suicide was officially accepted as the cause of death, some medical experts have raised doubts, suggesting that the evidence does not back this up. The most detailed objection was provided in a letter from three medical doctors published in The Guardian,[30] reinforced by support from two other senior physicians in a later letter to the newspaper.[31] These doctors argued that the autopsy finding of a transected ulnar artery could not have caused a degree of blood loss that would kill someone, particularly when outside in the cold (where vasoconstriction would cause slow blood loss). Further, this conflicted with the minimal amount of blood found at the scene.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Kelly_%28weapons_expert%29

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