HRA Iran reports that on the 4th of February, Saman Sabeti – an active Baha’i in Qaemshahr who was in charge of community affairs – was arrested by officials at the Ministry of Intelligence.

Saman SabetiThe Ministry of Intelligence summoned and subsequently held a Bahá’í who was in charge of Bahá’í community affairs in the city of Ghaemshahr.

On February 3, 2009, in line with escalating harassment of the Bahá’ís especially in the province of Mazandaran, the security forces raided the private residence of Mr. Saman Sabeti Bourkheili, a Bahá’í in charge of his faith community affairs in Ghaemshahr. They proceeded to search for and confiscate many religious books, pictures, and other similar items. They subsequently summoned Mr. Sabeti to appear at the office of the Ministry of Intelligence in Sari, Mazandaran, on February 4 for further questioning.

Upon his arrival at this location, he was summarily arrested with no clarity on the reasons for his arrest or charges against him. Ten days have elapsed since this event, and Mr. Sabeti has not been granted visitation rights or access to legal counsel. The only communication since his detention was a short phone call during which he stated that he had been arrested.

In light of this, and the recent update on the situation in Iran by the Baha’i International Community (via Iran Press Watch), we have once again updated our map that depicts recent raids and arrests in Iran. Note the concentration of most incidents in the Northern province of Mazandaran.

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