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[Adapted from website:] Baha’i World News Service

[Date:] 13 Bahman 1387 (1 February 2009)


Latest news about five Baha’is imprisoned in Tehran

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Mr. Shahrokh Taefi, Ms. Jinous Sobhani, Mr. Didar Raoufi, Mr. Aziz Samandari, and Mr. Payam Aghsani, all of whom were arrested (while their homes were searched) on 25 Dey 1387 [14 January 2009], are being held in Ward 209 of Evin Prison. It is reported that this section is under the control of the Ministry of Intelligence and no other government agency has access to it. Sometimes political and security prisoners are imprisoned in solitary confinement for months without charge or court order.

On 28 Dey [1387] [17 January 2009], the families of the detainees were allowed to receive warm clothes and some money. On 30 Dey [1387] [19 January 2009], Ms. Sobhani had a very brief telephone conversation with her family, and on 2 Bahman [1387] [21 January 2009], Mr. Samandari and Mr. Taefi were allowed to have brief conversations with their families. It has not been clear, so far, whether Mr. Raoufi and Mr. Aghsani have been able to contact their families.