According to the report of the Aryaei news agency, quoted by Harana, Farhad Fahandej, a Baha’i citizen, was released from the Rajaei Prison in Karaj after completing his 10-year sentence on Thursday, September 3.
Mr. Fahandej’s release has taken place at the end of his sentence after enduring ten years of imprisonment. Mr. Fahandej spent the tenth year of his sentence in the sub-security hall of 10 Ward 4 of Rajaei Shahr Prison in Karaj. Due to the unfavorable conditions of the former prison, he suffered from a digestive disease and suffered from a heart condition during his imprisonment. On the other hand, his family, who live in Gorgan, have been facing problems during these ten years to meet Mr. Fahandej due to the distance.
Farhad Fahandej’s corona virus in prison
Mr. Fahandej was transferred to one of the solitary cells of the secure section of this prison on October 10, 2019, following the positive announcement of the corona test. On Tuesday, 22 Mehr 99, after 13 days of being held in one of the solitary cells of the secure ward of the Rajaei Shahr prison in Karaj, he was returned to the sub-security hall of the 10 ward 4 of the prison after the new corona test was declared negative and he fully recovered. Earlier, despite the letter from the health department and the head of Rajai Shahr prison to send this Baha’i citizen on leave, the prosecutor’s office had opposed this request.
On October 26, 1391, he was arrested by security agents at his home in Gorgan, and after seven months of indecisiveness, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Branch 28 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court, headed by Judge Mohammad Moqiseh, on the charge of “propaganda of the Baha’i faith and administration of the Baha’i organization.” .
This Baha’i citizen has had a history of arrest and conviction before. He was arrested in 1362 when he was 24 years old and sentenced to 6 years in prison.
Farhad Fahandej is a Baha’i citizen and was born in 1338 in Torbat Heydarieh city.
Baha’i citizens in Iran are deprived of the freedoms related to religious beliefs, this systematic deprivation while according to Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, every person has the right to freedom of religion and change of religion with conviction, as well as have the freedom to express it individually or collectively and publicly or secretly.