Ariyai Community News Agency – Following the arrest of 7 Baha’i citizens in Shiraz on Tuesday, the home of William Mumtazian, the father-in-law of Soroush Abadi, one of the arrested Baha’i citizens, was searched by the security forces on Wednesday, April 18, and a number of personal belongings of this family, including Computer hard drives, mobile phones, electronic devices, books and Bahá’í works were confiscated. Saeed Ittihad, Qasim Masoumi, Siamak Hanrour, Soroush Abadi, Siddiqa Aghdasi, Alia Fortun and Behrouz Farzadi, 7 Baha’i citizens living in Shiraz, were arrested by the agents of the Intelligence Department on Tuesday night, April 17, and were taken to one of the detention centers of this security institution in this city. During the arrest, the officers searched the houses of these citizens and took some of their personal belongings with them.
According to the news agency of the Aryan community, on Wednesday, April 18, 1400, the house of William Mumtazian, a Baha’i citizen living in Shiraz, was searched by the security forces.
The house search of this Baha’i citizen was carried out following the arrest of 7 Baha’i citizens living in Shiraz, including Soroush Abadi, the son-in-law of the Mumtazian family. According to a source close to Mr. Mumtazian’s family, “when the officers entered the home of this Baha’i family, they had a warrant in their hand that they used the previous day during the arrest of Soroush Abadi and claimed that this warrant was a search warrant.” “The home and hiding place of the accused” is allowed to enter their house as well. After searching the house, the officers seized a number of personal belongings of this family, including computer hard drives, mobile phones, electronic devices, books and Baha’i works and took them with them.
On the night of Tuesday, April 17, 1400, Behrouz Farzdi, Saeed Ittihad, Qasim Masoumi, Siamak Hanrour, Soroush Abadi, Siddiqa Aghdasi and Alia Fortun, Baha’i citizens living in Shiraz, were arrested in their homes by agents of the Intelligence Department and transferred to one of the detention centers of this security organization in Shiraz. became At the time of their arrest, the agents searched the homes of these citizens and confiscated some of their personal belongings such as books and electronic devices and took them with them.
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. According to unofficial sources, there are more than three hundred thousand Baha’i citizens in Iran, but the Iranian constitution only recognizes Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrianism and does not recognize the Baha’i religion. For this reason, the rights of Baha’is have been systematically violated in Iran over the past years.