Majid Tavakoli and Riaz Sobhani return to prison

Posted on: August 31st, 2014

HRANA News Agency – Majid Tavakoli and Riaz Sobhani have returned to Rejai Shahr Prison at the conclusion of their three-day furlough. Both prisoners were granted a leave on August 23 and required to report back to prison on August 25. Their requests for an extension have been denied.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Tavakoli was arrested on December 7, 2009, following his speech at Amir Kabir University against the results of Iran’s presidential election. (more…)

Total of 30 Years in Prison for Baha’i University Officials

Posted on: October 17th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Seven professors and officials involved in Baha’i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) have been sentenced to a total of 30 years in prison.BIHE is a provisional online university established for Baha’i citizens who have been denied the opportunity to study at Iran’s higher education institutes.

According to the Committee of Human Rights Reporters, during the last couple of days, Judge Moqayaseh presiding over the 28th branch of the Revolutionary Court has sentenced seven Baha’i citizens to a total of 30 years in prison.The defendants were present in the courtroom when the verdicts were read.Defense attorneys objected to the rulings and filed appeals on behalf of their clients.The verdicts are as follows:


  • Kamran Mortezahi – 5 years imprisonment
  • Vahid Mahmodi – 5 years imprisonment
  • Riaz Sobhani – 4 years imprisonment
  • Mahmoud Badavam – 4 years imprisonment
  • Ramin Zibaie – 4 years imprisonment
  • Farhad Sedghi – 4 years imprisonment
  • Noshin Khadam – 4 years imprisonment

Citing Article 499 of the Islamic Penal Code, Judge Moqayaseh sentenced seven Baha’i professors and university officials for being involved in an illegal group with the intention to commit crimes against Iran’s national security.These seven individuals together with nearly 300,000 other citizens throughout the country are members of Iran’s Baha’i Community outlawed by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

On May 22, 2011, Iranian security forces raided the houses of more than 40 Baha’i professors, students and university officials and arrested six of the aforementioned individuals.Riaz Sobhani was arrested separately on June 13, 2011.During the last few months, more than 20 Baha’i citizens connected to the online university have been detained, and nearly 50 individuals have been summoned to the Intelligence Agency.Furthermore, several buildings including a laboratory have been sealed, and the university’s website has been filtered and blocked multiple times.

Last week, all of the defendants with the exception of Noshin Khadam were transferred to Rajai-Shahr Prison.On October 15, 2011, Noshin Khadam was transferred to the women’s ward in Evin Prison.

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