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“The number of Christian detainees who were arrested by security authorities is growing. Sources say that in Esfahan the wave of arrest of Christians continues and arrests of even more Christians are being reported,” Mohabat News reports.
3/2/2012 Iran (Mohabat News) – The number of Christian detainees who were arrested by security authorities is growing. Sources say that in Esfahan the wave of arrest of Christians continues and arrests of even more Christians are being reported.
According to the Iranian Christian news agency, Mohabat News, sources reported arrest of three other detainees, seized in the last week’s raid on houses and workplaces of Christians.
Based on this report, Shahram Ghaedi, Shahnaz Zarifi and Maryam Del-aram are three other Christians arrested during the broad wave of arrests on 22 February, 2012 in Esfahan.
Shahram Ghaedi
This Christian convert was arrested in his home on 22 February, 2012, by security authorities. These authorities arrested him, thoroughly searched his house, and confiscated a number of his personal belongings. It should be noted that Shahram Ghaedi and Pastor Hekmat Salimi are both residents of Fooladshahr of Esfahan. Their arrests took place at the same time, at 7:00 A.M., in different locations.
Shahram Ghaedi is a member of the St. Paul Anglican Church in Esfahan and is also an actor in the theater. He had played the role of Jesus in various plays. The report states that no precise information is available concerning his whereabouts and condition.
Maryam Del-aram
This Christian mother was also arrested on 22 February, 2012. Plain clothes security authorities invaded her house and arrested her there. As usual, the authorities thoroughly searched her house, and seized Bibles and other things that they suspected could be evidence of her faith. They transferred her to an unknown location. This Christian mother, who is about 54 years old, is quite ill. Her general health is poor. She uses special medications and is under the care of a doctor. It is said that when her daughter took her medicines to the prison, security authorities refused to receive the medicines and deliver them to her. Her situation is still unknown.
Shahnaz Zarifi
She is a Christian mother of two children. Security authorities raided her home in the morning of February 22. They carefully searched her entire apartment, threatened her, and then arrested her. It is said that authorities found a number of Bibles during their search and seized them together with other personal belongings. Unconfirmed reports indicate that this Christian mother has been transferred to the Dastgerd prison in Esfahan. No confirmation is available as yet.
Release of Giti Hakimpour
According to the received reports, Ms. Giti Hakimpour, a 78 year old Christian lady, was released on 25 February, 2012. She had endured three days of custody in the Intelligence Office of Esfahan. Her house was invaded on 22 February at 6 o’clock by security authorities. It is reported that the interrogator of her case, Mr. Mohseni, has taken measures to temporarily issue her release warrant in consideration of the fact that they already possess the title deed of her house. The reason he made this concession is because of her age and because she has recently undergone a knee replacement surgery and needs special medical care.

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