Iranian Christian converts interrogated and imprisoned
26/04/2022 Iran (International Christian Concern) – Several Iranian Christian converts are being persecuted by the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence. Fariba Dalir, 51, began her two-year prison term in Evin Prison on April 16. Rahmat Rostamipour, 49, remains imprisoned after being interrogated and arrested at his home on April 18. Rostamipour’s wife, Azar, was originally to be arrested as well. but was later summoned due to a panic attack suffered by their teenage daughter during the raid.
Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) operatives arrested Dalir alongside five other converts in July 2021, including her fiancé Soroush. The guards held her in solitary confinement for 38 days, then released her on November 18, 2021 after posting bail of around US$22,000. Soroush and another convert were released in October after posting $11,000 bail. Fariba was sentenced to five years in prison, then reduced to two years, because the judge had assumed that she had a criminal record. Fariba and Soroush got married in November. Now Fariba begins his sentencing for “acting against national security by establishing and leading an evangelical Christian church.”
Rahmat’s home in Anzali was raided by a dozen men in civilian clothes in the early morning. IRGC operatives confiscated Bibles, phones, ID cards, books and school tablets from children. Authorities also intended to arrest his wife, but allowed her to stay due to their daughter’s trauma. Azar was summoned April 19 for hours of questioning, during which she was unofficially charged with “propaganda against the regime through her involvement in house church activities.”
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