Three Sunni prisoners released from Rajai Shahr prison

HRANA News Agency – Three Sunni prisoners of conscience were released from Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj yesterday.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Shaykh Mohammad Baraee, a Sunni scholar from Bukan, West Azerbaijan province, was released on parole after five years of imprisonment. Two other Sunni preachers, Hesam Mohammadi and Abdollah Khosrozadeh, were also released yesterday towards the end of their five-year prison sentences.

Shaykh Mohammad Baraee, along with seven of his students, was arrested in Bukan by security forces in 2009 for preaching, performing [Sunni] religious rituals, and holding religious meetings.

He was subjected to interrogations and held under pressure for two years in the Ministry of Intelligence detention center in Bukan, as well as in the intelligence wards 209 and 240 of Tehran’s Evin prison.

He was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment by Judge Mohammad Moghisseh in branch 28 of the Revolutionary court in Tehran, with his sentence reduced to 10 years in the Court of Appeals. He has now been granted a conditional release from prison after almost five years of imprisonment.

The two other prisoners of conscience, Hesam Mohammadi and Abdollah Khosrozadeh, were arrested in Bukan in 2009 accused of ‘acting against national security’. They were sentenced to five years imprisonment in branch 28 of the Revolutionary court in Tehran, and were released from Rajai Shahr prison yesterday towards the end of their sentence.

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