Christian Convert Transferred to Iranian Prison Known as Torture Factory

ICC Note: Naser Navard Goltapeh is an Iranian Christian convert and one of four men arrested in June 2016 at a wedding party. The other men were Azerbaijanis and also Christian converts. The four were sentenced to 10 years in prison for missionary activities and acting against national security. According to reports, the Azerbaijanis spent four months in Evin prison before being released on bail and permitted to leave the country. Naser, however, has lost his appeal and been returned to Evin prison. The prison has a horrific reputation, and Naser is expected to remain for the duration of his prison sentence.  

02/11/2018 Iran (Iran HRM) – Christian convert, Naser Navard Goltapeh, was transferred to Evin Prison to serve his 10-year prison term. He was transferred to section 8, hall 10 of Evin Prison on January 20.

In his trial session which was held in May 2017, the judge cited the Ministry of Intelligence report against Mr. Gol-Tapeh and charged him with “acting against national security through the formation and establishment of an illegal church organization in his home.”

However, his lawyers were not allowed access to the contents and documents in his case file.

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