Christian Converts Calls Intercepted By Iran IntelligencePublished by Tirdad on November 26, 2018
Two Christian converts in Iran, have been recently arrested in the cities of Karaj and Mashhad.
Behnam Ersali, who was visiting a friend in a northern city, and Davoud Rasouli, was arrested just outside his home in Karaj, west of Tehran.
They had arranged to meet in Mashhad, according to advocacy organization Middle East Concern (MEC), but their calls are believed to have been intercepted by the Iranian intelligence.
Behnam Ersali and Davood Rasooli, who live in Karaj, were taken to unknown locations.
Rob Duncan, regional manager at MEC, said: “It reveals how closely the Iranian authorities are monitoring the Christians.”
Ersali, who used to be a member of the Assemblies of God church in Tehran, was at a friend’s house in Mashhad, when six plain-clothes officers entered without permission or a warrant and arrested him, along with another person who was later released.
Rasouli, who was preparing to leave for Mashhad, was arrested along with his friend outside his home, in Karaj, at 6 am, by two plain-clothes officers, and was taken to Rajai-Shahr Prison in Karaj, for interrogation. and solitary confinement.
Security forces in Iran continued to target Christian converts of Muslim heritage, as well as members of the “house church” movement who gather to worship in private homes.