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Five Gonabad Dervishes Detained in Sarvestan

On August 25th, Esmaeil(Hadi) Rahmanian, Farzad Darvish-Sarvestani, Ali Akbar Ebrahimzadeh, Heydar Esparjani, and Keramatollah Mohit referred to the Judiciary along with their attorneys, Farshid Yadollahi Farsi, Amir Eslami (2 members of the Human Rights Committee of the Bar Association), and Davoud Montazeri after being summoned on August 22nd.

Shah Nematollah Vali, founder of the Nematollah order

According to the “Majzooban” website, the interrogations began at 9:30 am in order to investigate their charges of blasphemy, disturbing public order by gathering in front of the Governor’s Office, and damaging public property. The interrogations were in the first branch of the Sarvestan revolutionary Court presided by Alireza Asadi. The authorities announced that the investigation will be held in private and prevented the lawyers from attending. The attorneys and the defendants objected to the decision in writing. Three detainees failed to respond to any questions in order to object to this decision.

The report further stated that after the interrogations and the presentation of the final defense, the lawyers were allowed to defend their cases. The authorities issued a bond for two of the individuals and temporary detention orders for the other three. Keramatollah Mohit was issued an order to stay in that location. After the attorneys objected to the orders, the authorities changed the temporary detention orders to a 70 million Tooman($70,000) bail. The individuals refused to provide the bail or bond. They were transferred to prison after 5 hours of interrogation.

At 2:30 PM, a number of Intelligence Ministry authorities appeared in the court and held a meeting. The five dervishes were transferred to the Intelligence Ministry after the meeting.

Source: Human Rights House of Iran (RAHANA)