On Tuesday, March 10, 2009, Iran Press News reported:
In a continuation of hostilities towards the Baha’is of Iran, a Baha’i woman in the town of Sari was arrested by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence and taken to the prison in the Kachui district of the same town.
According to reports received from Sari, Mrs. Shirin Furughian (Samimi) was taken into custody on Sunday, March 8, 2009, by agents of the Intelligence Ministry and taken to the Ministry’s prison in Kachui.
It should be noted that in the beginning of August 2008, agents of the same Ministry closed the shop of her husband, Adel Samimi. Shortly after this occurrence, their home was searched [by Ministry of Intelligence] and personal property such as their computer, satellite dish, pictures, and Baha’i books were confiscated.
Mr. Samimi was arrested on January 21, 2009, on the charge of “activities against national security”. He was released after nine days of interrogation. After repeated threats, his wife, Mrs. Furughian, was also arrested last Sunday.
[Source: http://www.iranpressnews.com/source/055917.htm. Translation by Iran Press Watch.]
March 12, 2009 8:41 am
And in Saudi Arabia, a 75 y.o. woman gets 40 lashes and jail time for asking a 24 y.o. young man (whom she breastfed when he was a baby) (I guess she could breastfeed at 52 or so!) and a friend to buy some bread and to bring it to her home!
What kind of threats was Ms.Samimi subject to? In what way was she engaged against national security? Because the Baha’i World Center ended up being in Israel (as opposed to Constantinople, Adianople, Baghdad, Sulimaniyeh, or even Tihran which Baha’ullah called the Land of Ta because of its numeric 9ness). It really depended on where Baha’u’llah would pass away). It just so happened to be in Palestine, in a what is now part of Israel. The Haifa and Akka connections were made long before the State of Israel ever existed! Even Akka was once long ago a Persian military base for attacking Egypt.
Can anyone be specific in what law she was violating?
March 13, 2009 9:15 am
The answer is simple! She dared *say* she is a Baha’i.