As Prosecutor of Mazandaran Province, Jafari has recommended the imposition of the death penalty in cases he has prosecuted, which has resulted in many executions including public executions and in circumstances where the imposition of the death penalty is contrary to international human rights, including by being disproportionate and excessive punishment. Jafari has also been responsible for illegal arrests and violations of the rights of Baha’i detainees from initial arrest to keeping them in solitary confinement in the Intelligence Detention Centre;
Assadollah Jafari, in his role as Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of the Mazandaran Province, is responsible for assault and violation of human rights against Baha’is arrested in this province. Since the beginning of the investigation, Mr. Jafari has been consistently non-compliant with fair legal standards in the questioning, arrests, and searches of homes, as well as in the criminal and partial proceedings and extrajudicial acts with the arrested Baha’is.
Examples of these violations are mentioned below:
Faran Khan Yaghma
A Baha’i resident of Sari, Mr. Yaghma was arrested by Ministry of Intelligence agents without a judicial warrant. The arrest was executed following an illegal search of his home, during which his personal belongings and computer were confiscated. Mr. Yaghma’s father was assaulted and beaten by the officials at the place of arrest.
On Saturday, January 1, 2012, six agents of Office of Intelligence of the City of Sari broke in the front door and entered the home of Enayatollah Sanaie, Baha’i author and poet. As Mr. Sanaie was not at home, the agents were not able to arrest him. Examination of the warrant, issued for the inspection of the hiding place of the accused and his capture, revealed that it had expired and had been illegally amended with a handwritten note. Despite Mr. Sanaie’s absence, the agents entered the home and proceeded to insult, physically assault and intimidate the individuals present at the residence, as well as viciously impugning the Baha’i Faith.
Vajihollah Mirza Golpour
Vajihollah Mirza Golpour is a 71-year old Baha’i resident of the Village Safarabad Sari. Mr. Golpour suffers from heart disease. On April 24, 2011, an individual claiming to be a Sari’s Intelligence Interrogator, came to Mr. Golpour’s home and demanded he appear at Sari’s headquarters of the Intelligence Office by 11 a.m. Mr. Golpour requested a written subpoena. Intelligence agents returned to Mr. Golpour’s home with a written summons demanding he present himself at the Intelligence headquarters early next morning.
Sarah Mahboobi, a student who had been expelled from the University because of her Baha’i Faith, was arrested for the second time during a home invasion by the Intelligence Agents on the morning of April 9, 2011. Her home was searched at the time of her arrest. During that search the agents confiscated books, manuscripts, CDs and her computer case. Ms. Mahboobi was detained and transferred to Sari’s Intelligence Detention Center.
Mr. Ataiyan was arrested by the Intelligence Ministry agents at his home in Ghaem Shahr, on November 17, 2008. Security forces searched the Ataiyan home, tore up religious images, confiscated religious books, work-related documents, and Mr. Ataiyan’s personal computer. Mr. Ataiyan has not been allowed to meet with his lawyer and has had only one brief contact with his family.
Ms. Motallebi was arrested by Intelligence Ministry Agents at her home in Sari, on November 1, 2008. The agents illegally searched her home and confiscated her religious books and documents without presenting a subpoena or warrant for the home search. Ms. Motallebi is in custody at the Sari Intelligence Headquarters and has not had any contact with her family for more than twenty-two days;
Human Rights Violations
Also Known As:
HojjatulIslam Assadollah Jafari
Reason for the color:
» On 8 April 2019, the European Union published the names of 32 officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran whom the E.U. asserts are “responsible for serious human rights violations” and is thus subjecting to travel bans and asset freezes;