Majzooban-e Noor: Hamid Reza and Saleh Moradi Sarvestani are Nematollahi Gonabadi Order dervishes.
Hamid Reza Moradi Sarvestani headed Majzooban-e Noor, the website for the Order. Security forces arrested Hamid Reza Moradi on September 4, 2011, along with a group of other contributor to the website that documented the increasing persecution of the Gonabadi dervishes, during a raid on the group in the town of Kavar in Fars Province.
His brother, Saleh, was also arrested at his home in Shiraz on Septembr 7, 2011 when plainclothes security forces entered his home without a warrant.
The two men have been charged with "insulting the Supreme Leader," "creating public anxiety," "assembly and collusion against national security," "propagating falsehoods," and "membership in a deviant group." Hamid Reza Moradi faces the additional charge of "destroying public property."
The health of the two dervish brothers who have been in prison in Tehran and Shiraz for more than ten months has seriously deteriorated and their family's efforts to seek medical treatment for them have been futile.
Hamid Reza Moradi Sarvestani, who is detained inside Evin Prison's security ward, is currently facing a health crisis. He suffers from severe heart and kidney problems, and has been hospitalized in critical condition several times, but has not received proper treatment so far. Sarvestani has been transferred to hospital in handcuffs and footcuffs, but each time he has been returned to prison before completing his treatment course.
Saleh Moradi Sarvestani has been detained inside the Adel Abad Prison in Shiraz. He also suffers from serious health problems and his repeated requests for medical attention by a specialist or transfer to a medical facility have been refused. Saleh Moradi suffers from severe shoulder and arm pains, which he developed inside the Shiraz Intelligence Office's Detention Center, known as Number 100, caused by physical pressure during his interrogations.
Seven Gonabadi dervishes, including Hamid Reza Moradi Sarvestani, refused to attend their May 15 trial session at Branch 15 of Tehran Revolutionary Court under Judge Salavati, stating that they had been unable to study their cases and the evidence for their indictment, as well as the illness of two of the suspects, Hamid Reza Moradi Sarvestani and Mostafa Daneshjoo.
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