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[Adapted from website:] HRANA - Human Rights Activists News Agency

[Date:] 25 Khordad 1401 [15 June 2022]


A Report on the Latest Situation of Farhad Fahandej, A Baha’i Citizen in Rajaei-Shahr Prison in Karaj

HRANA News Agency – Farhad Fahandej, a Baha’i citizen imprisoned, is serving the last year of his ten-year sentence in Rajaei-Shahr Prison in Karaj.

According to the HRANA news agency, the news organ of the Iranian Association of Human Rights Activists, today, Wednesday, 25 Khordad 1401 [15 June 2022], Farhad Fahandej, a Baha’i citizen, is being held in Rajaei-Shahr Prison in Karaj.

Mr. Fahandej is currently serving the last year of his ten-year sentence in the security Hall 10, Ward 4 of Rajaei-Shahr Prison in Karaj. He suffers from gastrointestinal diseases due to the poor conditions where he had been previously imprisoned and also suffers from heart disease.

On 10 Mordad 1399 [31 July 2020], following a positive coronary test, Mr. Fahandej was transferred to one of the solitary confinement cells in the security ward of this prison. On Tuesday, 22 Mehr 1399 [13 October 2020], after 13 days in one of the solitary confinement cells in the safe ward of Rajaei-Shahr Prison in Karaj, the new corona test was declared negative and he was fully recovered and returned to the security hall 10 of Ward 4 of Prison. Earlier, despite a letter from the health department and the head of Rajaei-Shahr Prison requesting that the Baha’i citizen be sent on leave, the prosecutor’s office opposed the request.

This Baha’i citizen was born in 1338 [1960] in the city of Torbat-e Heydarieh. On 26 Mehr 1391 [17 October 2012], he was arrested by security agents at his home in Gorgan and, and after seven months imprisoned without due process, he was sentenced by Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, headed by Judge Mohammad Moghiseh, to ten years in prison under tazir[1] law on charges of “teaching the Baha’i Faith and managing the administration of the Baha’i Faith”.

Farhad Fahandej was arrested in 1362 [1983] when he was twenty-four years old and was sentenced to six years in prison.


[1] [Tazir (discretionary punishment):  Punishment with maximum and minimum limits determined by law and judge, respectively.]