Iran Arrests Christians Converts

Iran Arrests Christians Converts

Published by on December 17, 2018

Mohabat News reported that two Christian converts Shima and Shokoufeh Zanganeh, who were arrested about two weeks ago in the city of Ahvaz, were beaten during interrogations.

These two sisters had been arrested in their homes on Sunday, 2 September and taken to an unknown location. Also, their Bibles and other religious literature were seized in the raid.

The family’s efforts to get information on their fate or whereabouts had no result.

After a few days Shima Zanganenh was allowed to make a brief phone call to inform her family that she and her sister had been detained in an IRGC detention centre.

Although the court has set bail for the women and their family has met the bail, the authorities have refused to release them.

Meanwhile, it has been reported by Mohabat News that another Christian convert, Jamshid Derakhshan, was taken to Raja’e Shahr Prison, in Karaj.

Jamshid Derakhshan, was arrested on 30 November, in what some human rights activists are calling a rash of arrests of Christians in Iran.

Mr. Derakhshan who lives in Karaj, had arranged to meet in Hashtgerd, where he planned to attend a prayer gathering in house church.

More than 100 Iranian Christians were arrested last week in another sign of increasing pressure on Iran’s believers.

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