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October 28, 2012

Witch-hunt in Gorgan targets friends of the Bahais

HRANA, October 28

As previously reported here, on October 17, security agents arrested 18 Bahais in Golestan Province, in the North of Iran, most of the them in the city of Gorgan, and at least one other Bahai is known to have been arrested in Gorgan since then. Now HRANA reports that since then, there has been a wave of arrests of Muslims in the city of Gorgan who might have been in contact with Bahais.

The arrests began on October 17, when four people were arrested in their homes and taken for interrogation. One of these was released on the same day after signing a written promise not to have any contact with Bahais. Two others were released after one week, and one is still in detention in the Ministry of Intelligence’s facilities. On October 23, two more people were arrested in Gorgan, on the charge of having contact with Bahais, only to be released later that day. One of them is reported to have been severely beaten and abused during the interrogation. Next day, another person was summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence, and there has been no news of him or her since. On October 25, another person received a telephone summons. The charge against one of the detainees is said to be “propaganda against the regime.” It is likely that more Muslims have been detained in Gorgan in the same way, but sources of information on the security situation in Gorgan are limited.

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