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November 24, 2017

Four detainees bailed in Birjand


HRANA, November 20, 2017.

Four more recent Bahai detainees have been freed on bail in Birjand. They are Sohrab Malaki (سهراب ملاكی), Sheyda `Abadi (شيدا عابدی), Maryam Mokhtari (مريم مختاری) and Simin Mohammadi (سيمين محمدی ). Bail was set at 50 million tumans (36,000 euros ; $US 42,000).

Khalil Malaki (خليل ملاكی), Bahnam Salehi (بهمن صالحی) and Saghir Mohammadi (ساغر محمدی) were released on bail a few days earlier. Firooz Ahmadi (فيروز احمدی) and Bijan Ahmadi (بيژن احمدی), arrested at the same time, remain in detention.

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November 19, 2017

Three detainees bailed in Birjand


HRANA, November 18, 2017.

Khalil Malaki (خليل ملاكی), Bahnam Salehi (بهمن صالحی) and Saghir Mohammadi (ساغر محمدی) have been released on bail of 150 million tumans (36,000 euros ; $US 42,000). They were among nine Bahais who were arrested in raids of 15 Bahai homes on the morning of October 21. During the searches, officials seized mobile phones, laptops, and images and books relating to the Bahai Faith. Another Bahai, Shayda Abedi (شیدا عابدی), was arrested in Birjand on October 29.

Although the nine Bahais were arrested on a Bahai Holy day (marking the Birth of the Bab), it appears from the fact that many homes were raided that the Bahais had not gathered to celebrate the day, but were remembering the occasion separately in their homes.

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November 2, 2017

One arrest in Birjand


Iran Press Watch, October 31, 2017.

On October 29, at 7:00 a.m., Shayda Abedi (شیدا عابدی), a 26-year-old Bahai residing in Birjand in Iran’s Southern Khorasan Province, was arrested by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence. So far, the reason for her arrest and where she has been transferred has not been communicated to her family. Following her arrest, authorities also searched her home.

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October 24, 2017

Nine arrests in Birjand

Payam News, October 22, 2017.

On the morning of October 21, security forces raided 15 Bahai homes in Birjand and arrested nine Bahai. Those arrested were Bahnam Salehi (بهمن صالحی), Khalil Malaki (خليل ملاكی), Sohrab Malaki (سهراب ملاكی), Saghir Mohammadi (ساغر محمدی), Simin Mohammadi (سيمين محمدی ), Maryam Mokhtari (مريم مختاری), Bijan Ahmadi (بيژن احمدی), Firooz Ahmadi (فيروز احمدی) and Sheyda `Abadi (شيدا عابدی) (aged 26). During the searches, officials seized mobile phones, laptops, and images and books relating to the Bahai Faith.

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September 12, 2017

Bahai business reopens in Birjand

Payam News (Persian, facebook), 11 September 2017.

A Bahai-run business in Birjand has been allowed to reopen, nine months and 3 days after it was closed by the Bureau of Public Places. The technical systems shop belonging to Mr. ‘Ali Zamani (علی زمانی) was sealed by the authorities on December 6, 2016 because he is a Bahai, and closed his shop to observe the Bahai Holy Days. The authorities revoked the business licence before closing it down. The business was allowed to reopen on September 4.

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December 29, 2016

Bahai student expelled from university in Birjand


Bahai News (Persian), December 28, 2016.

Farinarz Mokhtari (فریناز مختاری) was expelled from the Birjand Women’s Technical Institute on December 26 because of her Bahai beliefs. She was contacted on December 25, and told to report to the Chancellor to receive documents relating to a letter from the Department of Education. Next day, she reported to the Chancellor’s office, and was told she had been barred from tertiary education. In the current academic year, at least 129 Bahai students who have passed the University Entrance examination have been barred from tertiary institutions because of the religious beliefs.

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December 12, 2016

Bahai cemetery in Birjand confiscated and closed

Iran Press Watch, December 7, 2016.

Within the last two weeks government forces have “walled off” the grave sites from the surrounding buildings (which were previously confiscated), and on November 28, officials destroyed the building where bodies were washed before being wrapped for burial. A month earlier, officials told the Bahais of Birjand that they should leave the city and that they would have to take their dead for burial to Dastjerd, while the Bahais who live in the surrounding villages should bury their dead in their own villages, because this cemetery is close to the city.

As previously reported on Sen’s Daily, the Municipal office of Ardestan demolished the gate of the Bahai cemetery there on November 6.

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April 11, 2014

Another Bahai student expelled from Birjand University


HRANA, April 10, 2014

Mazyar Malaki (مازیار ملاکی), a student studying machine manufacturing at Birjand University, has been expelled because of his Bahai beliefs. He was summoned by the University’s security office and asked to sign a statement that he would not participate in Bahai activities or follow the directions of the Universal House of Justice. When he refused to sign this, he was told that he was barred from the university until further notice, and that the final decision would be communicated to him.

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February 12, 2014

Ma’udi family recuperating well


Radio Yekjahan (facebook report), February 12

The condition of ‘Azam Ma’udi (اعظم مودی) is reported to have improved, and she is expected to be discharged from hospital tomorrow. She was stabbed, along with her parents, in an attack on her parents’ home in Birjand on February 3. Her parents were discharged from hospital today, and are in good health.

Update, February 18:

In a facebook posting,Azam Ma’udi expresses her thanks for the support and prayers of the friends. By all appearances, they are now in good health.

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February 11, 2014

Prayers requested for `Azam Mavadi


Radio Yakjahan (facebook report), February 11, 2014

‘Azam Mavadi (اعظم مودی), who was stabbed in the chest during an apparently religiously-motivated attack on her parents’ home in Birjand on February 3, is reported to be in a serious condition. Prayers are requested.

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February 5, 2014

Home invasion: 3 stabbed in Birjand


HRANA, February 5, 2014

In Birjand, a provincial capital close to Iran’s border with Afghanistan, a masked individual has entered the home of a Bahai family and brutally stabbed three of them. The attack occurred on February 3. Mr. Qodratullah Mu’adda (قدرت الله مودی) was stabbed in the abdomen and side, Mrs. Tubi Mu’adda (طوبی مودی) in the neck, close to the jugular vein, and ‘Azam Mu’adda (اعظم مودی) was stabbed in the chest. The assailant left the house without making any attempt to steal anything. Mr. and Mrs. Mu’adda are a middle-aged couple, living alone. Their daughter, who lives in Tehran, had arrived that morning on a visit.

Update, February 7: The Bahai World News Service states that the family name is pronounced Mavadi rather than Mu’adda (the two words are spelt in the same in Persian), and that all three are in intensive care in hospital. Mr. Mavadi is a leading figure in the Bahai community in Birjand, and the BWNS concludes that this was religiously-inspired hate crime. ““The sad fact is that there have been more than 50 physical assaults on Iranian Baha’is since 2005 – and none of the attackers has been prosecuted or otherwise brought to justice. And at least nine Baha’is have been murdered under suspicious circumstances in the same period, and the murderers have likewise enjoyed impunity.”

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April 28, 2013

Muhammad Hussein Nakh`i and Golrokh Firuzeyan free


HRANA, April 28

Muhammad Hussein Nakh`i ( محمد حسین نخعی ) and Golrokh Firuzeyan ( گلرخ فیروزیان ) have been released, from Birjand and Semnan prisons, respectively. Mr. Nakh`i, who is 87 years old, lives in the village of Khusef, near Birjand. He was Iran’s oldest prisoner of conscience. He was detained on May 14, 2012, and sentenced to one year in prison, a fine of 6 million rials (360 euros; 500 US dollars), and a five-year suspended sentence, on charges of propaganda against the regime in the form of teaching the Bahai Faith, and membership of the Bahai community. He has completed the one year in prison.

Golrokh Firuzeyan was arrested by the Ministry of Intelligence in Semnan on March 12, and released on bail on Spril 25. Bail was set at 100 million tumans (62,000 euros, $US 81,000).

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January 6, 2013

Muhammad Hussein Nakh`i (85) denied prison visits and calls


HRANA, January 5

85-year-old Muhammad Hussein Nakha`i ( محمد حسین نخعی ), who has been detained since May 14, 2012, has been denied the right to use the telphone and receive visits in prison, for no apparent reason. He was arrested in the small town of Khusf, and is imprisoned in Birjand, a provincial capital close to the Afghan border. Although he requires constant medical care due to his age, and his relatives live in Tehran, family visits and telephone calls have not been allowed for some time. He has been found guilty of propaganda against the regime in the form of teaching the Bahai Faith, and membership of the Bahai community, and sentenced to three years in prison and three years suspended imprisonment, and this sentence has been confirmed by the review court.

Update, January 11
. HRANA reports that the ban on telephone calls and visits has been lifted, but prison officials are still not taking his advanced age into account, and he suffers rude and disrespectful behaviour.

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November 28, 2012

Bahai business closed in Birjand

HRANA, November 28

On November 5, a car parts shop belonging to Mrs. Bahreh Malaki ( باهره ملاکی ), a Bahai in Birjand, was shut and its operating license has been revoked. The owner was told in a letter that no license would be given, because of “membership in the wayward Bahai sect.” She was allowed 10 days to close down the business. In the previous year, Mrs. Malaki was also refused a permit, and she was told that as a woman she was not allowed to sell car parts. A few months ago, Saghri Mahjureh ( صغری مهجوره ), another woman operating a car parts shop, was told that as a woman she was not allowed to sell car parts, and she too was forced to close her business.

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October 15, 2012

85-year-old Bahai sentenced to 3 years


HRANA, October 15

Muhammad Hussein Nakh`i ( محمد حسین نخعی ), an 85-year-old Bahai from the village of Khusf in Birjand County, South Khorasan Province, has been sentenced to 3 years in prison. He has been detained in Birjan prison for five months, on charges of propaganda against the regime and membership of the Bahai Community. He previously sent five years in prison in Gonbad, in the first decade after Iran’s 1979 revolution.

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August 10, 2012

Shahram Mokhtari sentenced in Birjand

HRANA, August 10

Shahram Mokhtari ( شهرام مختاری ), a Bahai from Birjand (South Khorasan) has been sentenced by a revolutionary court to four months imprisonment and a 32-month suspended sentence, on charges of “propaganda against the regime.” He was arrested on April 24, which means he has already served 3 months of his sentence and is due for release on August 28. However the Ministry of Intelligence is pursuing another case against Shahram, in the public court, and on August 7 he was taken from prison to the court, and later returned to prison. The sentence in this case is expected shortly. Another Bahai, the 85-year-old Muhammad Hussein Nakh`i ( محمد حسین نخعی ), has been held in the same prison for three months, without any clarification.

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