Abdul Rahman Sangani was born in 1978 in Mashhad, north east Iran. A devout Sunni Muslim, he was active in calling people to follow the teachings of Sunni Islam.
On the 24th of April, 2004, he was arrested at his house in Taibad, north east Iran, by agents from the Ministry of Intelligence.
He was arrested under the charges of 'acting against national security', and was transferred to Evin prison in Tehran. He was released on bail after 5 months.
After his release, he was continuously harassed by the authorities. He was repeatedly summoned to the Ministry of information and threatened, a common tactic used by the Iranian regime to try and intimidate Sunni preachers and force them to stop preaching.
On the 19th of November, 2006, in the city of Taibad, Abdul Rahman was critically injured in a suspected assassination attempt. In highly suspicious circumstances, as Abdul Rahman was walking in the street, a car mounted the pavement and drove into him. The driver fled the scene.
Abdul Rahman was severely injured and was rushed to hospital. He suffered extensive injuries, and the left side of his body was left partially paralyzed.
Following unrest in Chabahar, Sistan-Baluchistan province, Abdul Rahman was summoned to the Tehran Revolutionary court on 30 January, 2010. He was told to attend court in order to review his ongoing case.
However, as soon as he arrived at court, he was arrested by agents from the Intelligence Agency. He was transferred to ward 240 of Evin prison in Tehran, which is under the authority of the Ministry of Intelligence.
He was detained in solitary confinement for 18 months, where he was severely tortured. For the entire duration of this time, his family were not given any information about his whereabouts.
Finally, in mid-2011, he was transferred to Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj. He was sentenced to death by Judge Mohammad Moghisseh in branch 28 of the Tehran Revolutionary court for the charge of 'Moharabeh' (enmity against the God/ the state).
Actively spreading Sunni Islam can be dangerous in Iran, a Shia-ruled country, where ethnic and religious minorities face discrimination and persecution.
Many Sunni scholars and students of knowledge have been imprisoned and even executed after unfair trials using 'confessions' obtained through torture.
Abdul Rahman Sangani is currently awaiting execution in Hall 10, ward 4 of Rajai Shahr prison, Karaj.