Two Activists Released from Arak and Evin Prisons

HRANA News Agency – Behzad Ali Bakhshi, a civil activist who had been arrested in connection with the protests in the Central Province in January, was released on the bail of 3.5 billion IRR from Central Prison of Arak on February 27.  Saeed Seifi Jahan, one of the detainees on February 1 was also released from Evin Prison on the bail on February 26.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Behzad Ali Bakhshi was released temporarily with a bail of 3.50 billion IRR from Central Prison of Arak on February 27. This prisoner had been arrested along with four other civil activists from Sha’zand and Astaneh, named; Kian Sadeghi, Mohammad Najafi, Ali Bagheri and Abbas Safari.
Earlier, two of the detainees of Central Province had been temporarily released.
HRANA had previously published the news of Kian Sadeghi and Abbas Safari being released.
According to HRANA’s report, Kian Sadeghi from Sha’zand, who was arrested on charges of participating in protests and taking film and photograph at the funeral of Mohammad Najafi’s mother, and Abbas Safari, a resident of Astaneh, who was arrested on January 16, were released on bail on February 4.
A number of civil activists residing in Shazand and Astaneh were arrested by the security forces, in connection with recent events in January, including Kian Sadeghi, Behzad Ali Bakhshi, Mohammad Najafi, and Abbass Safari.  These arrests took place particularly after these people disclosed the cause of the death of Vahid Heidari, who was arrested in recent protests.
Kian Sadeghi has been accused of participating in protests and propaganda against the regime through filming and photographing at the funeral ceremony of Mohammad Najafi’s mother, and the rest have been charged with participating in protests, disrupting public order, disturbing public opinion and spreading lies (in connection with the death of Vahid Heidari), and establishing and membership in an opposition group, and for Mr. Najafi and Bagheri, allegations of interviews with foreign media have also been added to their case.
In another case, Saeed Seifi Jahan who had been arrested along with at least 6 civil activists during a coordinated and joint operation by the security forces throughout the country on February 1, was released on the bail from Evin Prison on February 26.

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