The Mass Arrest of New Christian Converts in Shiraz

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The Mass Arrest of New Christian Converts in Shiraz

Mass arrest and disappearance of 40 Christians in Shiraz & Cavar by the state security agents of the Islamic Republic in late September 2012, were confirmed in the semi official media of Islamic Republic.

FCNN (Farsi Christian News Network) reports from Shiraz in southern Iran: In a massive operations conducted by the agents of the Ministry of Islamic Informations (Intelligence) in various parts of the provincial capital city of Shiraz in the last days of September; some 30 Christians were arrested and transported to the ministry’s own infamous private detention centre, locally known as Number 100.

Local sources inform us that at least ten of the captives are still in this detention centre. The location of the other 20 is yet unknown, with the likelihood of some having been transferred to “Aadel- Aabad” prison-fortress, just outside the city. Some of them were bailed out probably.

Sources maintain that one, or possibly more, of the detainees had previously been charged, convicted and jailed for evangelical activities amongst Muslims. Under intense security organs’ surveillance, it currently is not possible to publish the names and/or photographs of the recently arrested Christians of Shiraz.

Mass arrest and disappearance of 40Christians in Shiraz & Cavar by the state security agents of the Islamic Republic in late September 2012, were confirmed in the semi official media of Islamic Republic in Monday October 15. (LINK)

Court attendance scheduled after eight months of illegal detention

Conveniently for the Islamic authorities; this new wave of arrests coincides with the notice of court appearance by the previously arrested Christians in Shiraz.

There are numerous reports of their abuse in the hands of the arresting agents, the Islamic interrogators during their months-long ordeal, the harsh treatment they have been forced to endure during their lengthy illegal imprisonment, as well as mishandling of their legal rights by the Judiciary of the Islamic Republic; since their arrest on 8th Feb. 2012.

After months of unlawful imprisonment, Mr. Homayoun Shokohi, his wife Mrs. Fariba Nazemian, as well as Mr. Vahid Hakani, Mr. Korush Partoey, and Mr. Mojtaba Ala’ edin Hossein, are to appear before the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Shiraz on 15th Oct. 2012; to answer the charges brought against them.

In July of 2012, having endured nearly five months of unlawful captivity without charge, and denied legal aid of any sort; these innocent Christians were finally released on bail.

During their Bail session, the Islamic Judge on his own authority added the entirely spurious charges of “Koran burning” and “Having contacts with enemies of the Islam abroad”.

Prisoners were then offered to recant their faith in Jesus Christ. Once the Islamic Judge heard their refusal to comply with his demands, they were told of the extension of their detention for a further two months.

Apart from the five mentioned above, two of whom are under arrest for the second time on charges of evangelising moslems; a number of other Christians in the city have been warned by the Islamic authorities to be prepare to be called in for interrogation on charges of evangelising and baptising converts from Islam. One such Christian has been so harassed for over two years now and has repeatedly been summoned for interrogation by various Islamic security agencies.

Ill-treatment of believers, and restrictions against church activities in the city of Shiraz; has caused considerable difficulties for city’s growing community of Christians. They cannot openly practice their faith nor even talk about it or introduce their children to their Christian duties. The dark and menacing shadow of a steadily more fearsome Islamic Secret Police looms heavy.

FCNN

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