Shahram Chiniyan in solitary cell

HRANA News Agency – Shahram Chiniyan Miandavab, a Tehran Bahai serving an 8-year sentence, has been moved to solitary confinement in Raja’i Shahr prison.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), he had been transferred from block 12 at Raja’i Shahr prison, which holds male prisoners of conscience including many Bahais, to block 1 of the prison, which is reserved for those convicted of serious crimes such as murder, rape and armed robbery on May 28th.

When he objected to the insulting behaviour of the prison guards in dealing with these ordinary prisoners, he was moved to solitary confinement.

Mr. Chiniyan was first arrested in March 2009 and released on bail on March 3, 2010.

He was sentenced to 70 lashes and 8 years in prison on a charge of insulting Islam, and began serving his sentence, first in Evin prison in Tehran and then in Raja’i Shahr prison, early in March, 2012, although the review court had not at that time confirmed his sentence.

It appears that the accusation of insulting Islam was raised by his neighbour, following a legal dispute regarding the use of a right of way.

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