On September 13, 2023, security forces in Tabriz apprehended four Azerbaijani-Turk activists and transported them to an undisclosed location. The detainees are Araz Ebrahim-Nejad, Javad Soodbar, Ali Babaie, and Davoud Shiri.
According to a source close to Babaie’s family, intelligence agents violently arrested Babaie at his workplace. Subsequently, they proceeded to his residence, conducted an extensive search, and confiscated some of his personal belongings.
The specific reasons for their arrests, their current whereabouts, and the charges against them remain unknown at this time. Notably, Davoud Shiri and Javad Soodbar have previously encountered legal issues and arrests related to their activism.
HRANA News Agency – On Monday, September 19, 2011, seven members of Nimatullahi Gonabadi Sufi Sect were arrested when they answered to a call to attend a gathering in front of Evin Prison in order to protest against the killing of a citizen in the capital city of Kavar County, Fars Province, and the imprisonment of other dervishes.
According to a report by Majzooban Nur, Nimatullahi Gonabadi Order News Site, security forces and plain clothes agents who were present in front of Evin Prison arrested Arash Shaltoki, Nemat Kazemi, Taymour Homayouni, Ali Babaie, Ramin Ashkohe, Mehdi Rahmati and Davood Mehrdad.
All roads leading to and from Evin Prison were monitored closely by security agents since last night, and Special Forces Guards were stationed in front of this prison from early morning hours on Monday.Due to heavy presence of security agents, Nimatullahi Gonabadi Sufi Sect cancelled its call for the gathering.