The voice of iranian christians(Vocir)Iran’s security forces reportedly arrested 14 Christian converts citizens in a raid on a house church gathering in Varamin and Tehran on November 1. The attack took place during the Sunday service, Ramin Rad, co-founder of Voice of Christian of Iran, told BCR Group. He added that thirteen of those in attendance were taken in prison by Iran’s Intelligence Service officials, and their current location is unknown.
The names of the detainees are: Zari Shah Khasti (Poorkaveh), Simmin, Bahram, Amin, Leyla, Zahra, Mehdi and Farzaneh, Shayan, Sara, Nazanin, Elnaz and Mohammad Shah Khasti.
According to the news, four of them included Zari Shah Khasti (Poorkaveh), Mohammad Shah Khasti (Poorkaveh), Bahram Tajik and Simin Mirzaei totally sentenced to 20 years in prison by Varamin Revolutionary Court on November 17, 2015, whereupon, Zari Shah Khasti convicted to seven years imprisonment, Simin Mirzaei and Bahram Tajik convicted to five years in prison and Mohammad Shah Khasti sentenced to three years in prison.
In 2014, at least 75 Christians were arrested. More Christians were sentenced to prison, and pressure on those detained increased, including physical and mental abuse, Open Doors (serving persecuted Christians worldwide) said.
Iran’s foreign minister Mr. Mohammad Javad Zarif who has lead the nuclear negotiations for the Islamic Republic of Iran for the past 20 months stated: “We do not jail people for their opinions.”