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“Pressures are escalating against Farsi-speaking Iranian Christians. This time security authorities have raided the home of a Christian pastor in Esfahan without providing any explanation and have transferred him to an unknown location,” Mohabat News reports.
2/23/2012 Iran (Mohabat News) – Pressures are escalating against Farsi-speaking Iranian Christians. This time security authorities have raided the home of a Christian pastor in Esfahan without providing any explanation and have transferred him to an unknown location.
According to reports of Iranian Christian news agency, Mohabat News, Mr. Hekmat Salimi, pastor of the official Church of St. Paul in Esfahan has been arrested.
Based on the report, at 7:00 AM on February 22, 2012, security authorities raided Pastor Salimi’s home in Fooladshahr, a town near Esfahan. The authorities did not provide any explanation and transferred him to an unknown location.
Also, the authorities thoroughly searched the house and seized Pastor Salimi’s belongings, including Bibles, Theological books, CDs and computer. They even confiscated picture frames off the walls.
The lack of information regarding Mr. Salimi’s situation has caused anxiety among his family, friends and church members.
No information is available as yet concerning the way he was arrested. However, it appears that this arrest happened as part of the increased pressure on the Iranian Christian community, especially Christian converts. The growing pressures have resulted in similar incidents and arrests in other cities including, Ahwaz, Shiraz, Tehran, etc.

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