Six Bahais arrested in Tabriz

HRANA News Agency – Six Bahais are reported to have been arrested in Tabriz on July 12.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), their names are given as Farzad Bahadari, Samin Rasouli and their children, Sahar and Nassim Bahadari, who are members of one family, Shabnam Issakhani, a mother of two, and Rashin Saberi, who is reported to be 8 months pregnant.

The Bahadari family was arrested in their home and face charges of teaching music in their homes and being Bahais. The family’s books, musical instruments and other possessions have been confiscated.

Shabnam Issakhani
Shabnam Issakhani

The most recent report indicates that Mr. Farzad Bahadari, who is 60 years old, and Mrs. Simin Rasouli, aged 54, are still in prison, while their children have been released on bail.

Separately, agents from the Ministry of Intelligence searched Mrs. Issa Khani’s home in Tabriz, confiscated various personal items including books and electronics and took her away for interrogation.

According to reports, as of Tuesday, July 15th she was still in solitary confinement and deprived of visitation rights.

No further information is available on Rashin Saberi, except that she was interrograted despite being eight months pregnant, when by law she should have been exempt from interrogation under duress.

Rashin Saberi
Rashin Saberi

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