Arrest and intimidation of Christian converts in Iran, a new surgePublished by International Liberty Association on October 25, 2017
The newly married Christian convert, Abdolali Pourmand, was arrested on Thursday, 19 October 2017, by the Iranian intelligence agents in the city of Dezful, south-west Iran. He was later transferred to a prison Ahvaz, the capital of Khuzestan province.
According to reports, the agents raided his house and found Bibles, pamphlets, and CDs. He was not at home at the time so he was summoned on the phone and asked to go to the headquarters of the Ministry of Intelligence in Dezful. He was then arrested and transferred to Ahvaz.
Pourmand, a member of the “Payam-e-Aramesh” (message of peace) church in Dezful who got married only two months ago, had a brief telephone conversation with his family on 21 October and told them that the interrogators have promised that he would be released soon.
At least three other Christian converts have been arrested in Dezful recently. They have been beaten and threatened to repel their faith, leave the country, or face death under torture.
On 10 October another Christian convert, Mohammad Ali Torabi, nicknamed Davood, was also arrested in Dezful and transferred to Ahvaz. Torabi had also told his family that he would be released soon but he remains incarcerated after two weeks.