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11/19/2018 Iran (International Christian Concern) –  Middle East Concern reports that last week two Iranian Christian converts from Karaj, which is just northwest of Tehran, were prevented from meeting by Iranian intelligence officials. It is believed that the intelligence learned of their meeting by intercepting their phone calls.

The two converts had agreed to meet in Mashhad, which is in eastern Iran. Behnam Ersali was already in Mashhad when arrested by intelligence officials. Behnam was staying with a friend, whose house was raided by six security agents. While the friend was released after a few hours detention, Behnam’s location remains unknown. Behnam’s conversion was public knowledge, as he had been previously fired from his job because of his Christian faith.

The other convert, Davood Rasooli, was arrested before he had left Karaj. His house was searched and some books confiscated. It is believed that he is being held in solitary confinement and is undergoing interrogation at Rajai Shahr Prison.

Iran’s Islamic Regime is under great pressure by the population, and has responded by intensifying its enforcement of Islam. Christians, as a result, are placed in a challenging position. Harassment, discrimination, detainment, interrogation, torture, and harsh jail sentences are often the consequences of their faith’s discovery.

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