261 People Arrested for Allegedly Holding Satanism Ritual

Tasnim, a security-affiliated news agency, reported that police apprehended 146 men and 115 women for allegedly holding a Satanist ritual and consuming alcohol.

According to the Police Intelligence Organization, three of the detainees are European nationals. The police claimed that the detainees had Satanic symbols on their shirts, hair, and faces. Additionally, 73 vehicles were seized.

The report did not disclose the identities of the detainees or their current location.

Iran’s regime and judiciary have consistently faced criticism for infringing on citizens’ privacy rights and personal affairs.

Sanaz Ariantalab Summoned to Serve Prison Term for Political Charges

Sanaz Ariantalab (Arian-Talab), a resident of Karaj, has been summoned to begin serving her prison term, imposed on political charges.

According to the summons, Ariantalab, aged around 38, must appear within five days at the executive branch of the judiciary.

Ariantalab was arrested on September 16, 2023, the first anniversary of Mahsa Amini’s death, in Gohardasht, Karaj. She was detained in Kachooie Prison and released on bail of 500 million tomans (approximately $10,000) after ten days.

On March 10, 2024, the Revolutionary Court of Karaj sentenced Ariantalab to one year in prison for “presence in public without hijab, propaganda against the regime, and assembly and collusion to undermine national security.” Additionally, she was banned from leaving the country for two years and barred from membership in civil groups.

Jebreil Pakrooh Arrested by Security Forces

On May 13, 2024, Jebreil Pakrooh, a resident of Tabriz, was arrested at his home by security forces. Pakrooh’s children published a video inquiring about their father’s well-being, but they have not received any response from the security institution.

The family is concerned for Pakrooh’s health, as he suffers from various age-related illnesses. While Pakrooh had been summoned by judicial authorities previously, the reason for his recent arrest and the charges against him remain unknown.

Pakrooh’s son, Farhad, is an Azerbaijani-Turk activist. Both he and his father have faced previous confrontations with security institutions due to their activism.

Abbas Haghgooi Receives Six-Month Prison Sentence for Political Charges

A judge from the Revolutionary Court in Shaft County, Gilan Province, has sentenced Abbas Haghgooi Takrami to six months in prison.

Haghgooi, approximately 55 years old, was found guilty of “propaganda against the regime.” This charge was supported by evidence of him publishing videos, pictures, and written articles on social media.

Earlier, the Criminal Court sentenced him to three months in prison and a fine for “disseminating false information” in a separate case. This verdict was upheld by the Appellate Court of Gilan Province. However, the court acquitted him of the charge of “insulting the Supreme Leader of Iran.”

Currently serving his sentence in Lakan Prison in Rasht, Haghgooi was recently granted furlough.

Haghgooi was arrested by security forces on April 26, 2023, and later was released pending legal proceedings.

Security Forces Arrest Mother and Daughter in Malekan

On May 12, 2024, security forces in Malekan, East Azerbaijan province, arrested Farangis Fathi and her daughter, Akram Kookhian. The arrests occurred at their home, from where they were taken to an undisclosed location.

A source close to the family confirmed to HRANA that the operation involved several agents who forcibly entered the residence, breaking a window and conducting an extensive search. During the raid, their car and various personal items were seized.

Additional reports obtained by HRANA indicate that the security team, consisting of five agents, used pepper spray against Fathi and Kookhian during a confrontation sparked by the latter’s protest. The agents returned a few hours later to conduct a second search of the property.

The reasons for the arrests, the current location of the detained individuals, and any charges filed remain undisclosed at this time.

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Four Detained in Urmia for Organizing Nowruz Celebration

On May 9, security forces in Urmia detained four individuals for reportedly organizing a Nowruz celebration, subsequently transferring them to an undisclosed location. Kolbar News identified the detainees as Othman Abbasi, Rahman Khosrawi, Heyman Alizadeh, and Shahram Soltani, all residents of Shahin Dej.

The reason cited for their arrest was the organization of a Nowruz celebration. The security agents reportedly did not present any arrest warrants at the time of the detention.
The current whereabouts of the detainees and any specific charges against them have yet to be disclosed.

Two Singers Detained in Shiraz by Security Forces

On May 9, 2024, singers Vafa Ahmadpour, also known as Vafadar, and Danial Moghaddam were arrested by security forces in Shiraz and taken to an undisclosed location.

The news of their arrest was announced via Ahmadpour’s social media.

The singers had recently released a music video titled “Amadeh Bash” (Be Ready!). The reasons for their arrests, their current whereabouts, and the specific charges against them have not been disclosed.

Previously, on February 4, 2024, Ahmadpour was arrested at his home and detained for over 15 days before being released on bail from Evin Prison. He was later sentenced to one year for “spreading propaganda against the regime” by the Revolutionary Court. Moghaddam has also experienced previous arrests and legal challenges related to his protest songs.

Film Director Mohammad Rasoulof’s Conviction Confirmed by Appellate Court

The Appellate Court of Tehran has confirmed the initial verdict against the acclaimed film director Mohammad Rasoulof.

Rasoulof’s lawyer, Babak Paknia, announced that Rasoulof faces a sentence of eight years in prison, in addition to flogging, a monetary fine, and the confiscation of his property. The enforcement of five years of this sentence has been authorized by the executive branch of the Department of Justice.

Paknia stated that Rasoulof was found guilty of “assembly and collusion against national security.” The charges were based on “petitioning through open statements and his work in producing and directing documentaries.”

It should also be noted that this is not Rasoulof’s first encounter with the legal system; he has been arrested and convicted previously.

Nowruz Rokhdad Receives Imprisonment on Political Charges

Nowruz Rokhdad, from Dehdasht, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province, has been sentenced to a total of 37 months and 18 days in prison, with 30 months and two days suspended for two years.

The sentencing, delivered by Judge Taheri-Nasab of the Revolutionary Court in Yasuj, includes 17 months and 16 days for “spreading propaganda against the regime,” and 15 months and one day each for “insulting the Supreme Leader of Iran” and “insulting the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Additionally, two other charges against Rokhdad, “disseminating false information to disturb public opinion” and “publishing vulgar pictures on the Internet,” will be handled by the Criminal Court.

Rokhdad, approximately 34 years old, was initially arrested on December 18, 2023, during a courthouse appearance. He spent ten days in Deshdasht prison before being released on bond.

Pediatrician Arrested for Anti-Execution Protest in Lordegan

In Lordegan, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province, Mehrshard Kunlayni, a pediatric specialist, was arrested by security forces after he protested against capital punishment, displaying a placard in a public area.

The placard Kunlayni held read, “No to the execution of Khosrow Besharat and Mahmoud Mehrabi.” Mahmoud Mehrabi, a political prisoner, has recently been sentenced to death. Meanwhile, Khosrow Besharat, a Sunni prisoner on death row, faces imminent execution at Ghezel Hesar Prison in Karaj.

Kunlayni’s whereabouts and his condition are unknown at this time.