Two Christians Imprisoned 50 Days in Iran

Iran Jails Two Christian Converts as Part Of Crackdown

ICC Note: Shahrzad, a 25-year-old woman, and Sam, 27, have been held in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison for more than 50 days, Bos News Life reports. The Christians were reportedly charged with the “formation and promotion of house churches and holding gatherings intended for committing crimes.” It is uncertain when they will be released. “Iranian Christians say the detentions are aimed at intimidating the growing house church movement and an attempt by the government to halt the spread of Christianity in the country, where at least 100,000 evangelical believers have been reported,” reports Bos News Life.

3/4/2013 Iran (BosNewsLife) – Two Christian converts are already over 50 days in Tehran’s feared Evin prison as part of a crackdown on spreading Christianity in heavily Islamic Iran and it remains unclear when they will be released, BosNewsLife learned Monday, March 4.

Shahrzad Y., a 25-year-old woman, and a man named as Sam S. 27, were both detained on January 9 after security forces raided their homes in western Tehran, Iranian Christians said.

The two university students were reportedly charged with the “formation and promotion of house churches and holding gatherings intended for committing crimes.”

Iranian police also confiscated personal belongings including laptops, Christian books and notes, Christian song Compact Disks and cameras, reported Mohabat News, a news agency of Iranian Christians and activists.

Their arrests came shortly after some 50 other Christians were reportedly detained on similar charges, though it remained unclear how many of them remained behind bars Monday, March 4.

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