Five Sentenced in Connection to 2017 Armed Attack in Tehran

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA)- Five Sunni prisoners detained in connection to a 2017 attack on both Iranian Parliament and the late Ayatollah Khomeini’s mausoleum have been sentenced to prison terms in Branch 2 of Urmia Revolutionary Court.

HRANA has confirmed the identity of the prisoners as Ebrahim Moradi, Mohammad Nikzad, Ahmad Ghanbardoust, Mohammad Ghanbardoust, and Ghader Salimi. They have been held in Urmia Prison’s Ward 13 since their arrests one week after the attack.

An informed source detailed their sentences to HRANA: Moradi was sentenced to three years; Nikzad to nine months, Ahmad Ghanbardoust to three years; Mohammad Ghanbardoust to four years; and Salimi to five years. All were charged with “collaboration with ‘Takfiri’ groups [a term commonly used by Iranian authorities to denote Daesh (ISIS) sympathizers].”

The attack in question, which took place on June 7, 2017, injured 52 and took the lives of 17 civilians and parliamentary security agents. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

Two days later, the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence announced that 41 people had been arrested on suspicion of ISIS collaboration in Tehran, Kermanshah, Kurdistan, and West Azerbaijan provinces. Local sources counter that the total number of arrestees was closer to 70. As of now, HRANA has no further information on the arrestee’s interrogations, wellbeing, or access to due process.

Eight people accused of ISIS affiliation were executed July 7, 2018, on charges of “Baqi” [rebellion] and “abetting corruption on earth.” All had been sentenced to death in May 2018 by Judge Salavati of Revolutionary Court Branch 15, a sentence later upheld in Branch 39 of the Supreme Court on June 10, 2018.

Sunni Prayer Room Closed in Tehran

HRANA News Agency – The Iranian authorities have closed down a Sunni prayer room  in the Pounak neighborhood of Tehran.

According to the report of Campaign to Defend Baluch Activists, Tehran’s central Sunni prayer room was sealed and shut down by municipal officials, according to reports from Iran. Continue reading “Sunni Prayer Room Closed in Tehran”

Security Forces Prevent Sunni Friday Congregational Prayers

HRANA News Agency – Iranian security forces barred Sunni worshipers from entering a Sunni prayer site in Tehran on Friday 9 January 2015, preventing them from holding congregational Friday prayers.

According to the report published by “Saham” Website, security forces were deployed Friday morning in the Pounak neighborhood of Tehran, where they blocked roads leading to the Sunni prayer site and prevented worshipers from entering the building. Continue reading “Security Forces Prevent Sunni Friday Congregational Prayers”

Sunni Muslims prevented from holding Eid prayers in Tehran

HRANA News Agency – Sunni Muslims were barred from holding congregational Eid prayers in parts of Tehran yesterday, with security forces preventing them from entering buildings they had rented for prayer.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), security forces were deployed early in the morning around Sunni prayer sites in parts of Tehran on 5 October 2014, the day Iran celebrated Eid al-Adha, and prevented Sunni Muslims from entering prayer sites in the Sadeghiya district in northwest Tehran, and in Sa’adat Abad, north Tehran. Continue reading “Sunni Muslims prevented from holding Eid prayers in Tehran”

Sunni Muslims in Tehran were prevented to held Eid Al-Adha prayer

HRANA News Agency – The security officials prevented Eid Al-Adha prayer of Sunni muslims in their home-mosques.


According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Sunni people was unable to held their Eid Al-Adha prayer in home-mosques on Wednesday morning as they faced the security officials interdiction on this matter.  Continue reading “Sunni Muslims in Tehran were prevented to held Eid Al-Adha prayer”

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