I am concerned to learn that a Baha’i musician has been wrongfully imprisoned in Iran.
Behnam Rohani-Fard, a Bahai Musician and composer who had resided in Tehran for some time traveled to the city of Yazd to participate in the mourning ceremony arranged for one of his family members. In the morning hours of Monday, October 12, Mr. Rohani-Fard was detained by Intelligence agents while driving in his private car; he was taken to an undisclosed location.
In repeated follow-ups made by Mr. Rohani-Fard’s wife, she was told that her husband would be released in one week and his detention was related to his change of residence, as well as chanting religious Bahai songs.
Readers are reminded that Mr. Rohani-Fard was a target of investigation by agents from the Intelligence Ministry in March 20 of this year. During the investigation, Mr. Rohani-Fard’s computer and some of his personal effects were confiscated. The agents carried a search warrant and an issued sentencing for a one-year suspended jail term, effective for the next four years.