Source: Amnesty International
Ayatollah Sayed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi was arrested at his home in
At least 41
followers of Ayatollah Sayed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi were reportedly
arrested in the courtyard of his house in
On the night of 4 and 5 October, security forces reportedly attacked the Ayatollah's house, but were forced back by his followers. A further attack was launched on 7 October, during which the Ayatollah's supporters are reported to have fought the security forces with swords, sticks and other implements. The Ayatollah's followers are said to have captured several members of the security forces but released them later, after photographing their identity cards.
arrests, the Deputy Governor-General of Tehran for Political and Social
Affairs told the Iranian Labour News Agency, "For some time, a number of
sectarian elements had engaged in a series of operation s in Tehran... disturbing
citizens and causing traffic problems for the people ... On Wednesday night, a
number of people who were crossing the road were seized by this group, only to
be freed after being beaten up... Since Saturday, a number of thugs from
On 10 October, an unattributed article entitled "On the plot of Kazemeyni-Boroujerdi; Propagating Islam with the assistance of the BBC and CIA" appeared in the Iranian newspaper Keyhan. The article described the incident as part of a plot by Western intelligence services such as those of the USA, Israel and the UK to use ethnic and religious minorities to damage Iran, and referred to the fact that the Ayatollah had made telephone calls to foreign radio stations such as the Persian-language service of Radio Free Europe (Radio Farda) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) before his arrest.
On 11 October, another report in Keyhan quoted LEF Brigadier-General Esma'il Ahmadi Moghaddam as stating that nine people had been taken hostage, two officers were shot, and more than 300 people, including "this person" were arrested and taken to Evin Prison.
- noting that Ayatollah Sayed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi and more than 418 of his followers have been arrested, at least some following violent clashes with the security forces;
- seeking assurances that all those detained are protected from torture or ill-treatment;
- seeking information about the reasons for the arrest of all those detained, including any charges and trial proceedings;
- urging that all those detained be allowed immediate and regular access to family visits and to lawyers of their choice;
- calling for the release of all those detained unless they are to be charged with a recognizably criminal offence and tried promptly and fairly;
- reminding the authorities that Amnesty International would consider anyone detained solely on account of their religious beliefs or their support for Ayatollah Sayed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi, who has not used or advocated violence, to be a prisoner of conscience; and would call for their immediate and unconditional release.
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