On Thursday two businesses owned by followers of the Baha’i faith, Farid and Farnoosh Pashayi, were shut down in Karaj, west of Tehran.

Iranian officials confiscated the two’s property and sealed their shops under the pretext of “selling smuggled goods”.

They presented the receipts proving their property is not smuggled. However, authorities have ignored them and seized their businesses, according to an informed source.

Iranian authorities have also sealed another newly opened shop, owned by a member of the Baha’i community by the name of Arash Kazemi, in Karaj.

Dozens of Baha’i shops across the country have been sealed by authorities in the past few years.