Intimidation continues: at least thirty arrested, ten in prison

Monday, August 17th, 2009

The intimidation of Christians by arrest and interrogation has intensified in the last two weeks. On July 31st all twenty four Christians at a meeting in the village of Amameh, north of Tehran, were arrested and taken for questioning. A source told Compass Direct, “Many people stormed the villa, and in the same day they took everything.” Seventeen of them were released the same day, but seven of them remain in custody. Compass says their names are Shahnam Behjatollah, and six others identified only as Shaheen, Maryam, Mobinaa, Mehdi, Ashraf and Nariman’. On August 7th, the seventeen who were released were all again re-arrested and questioned. In Rasht on July 29th and 30th eight Christians were arrested and questioned, one remains in detention. Including Maryam Rustampoor and Marzieh Amirizadeh, jailed since March 5th,(see here) there are at least ten known Christians in prison suffering for their faith. It is likely there are many more. Those who are arrested and released also suffer. As well as the intimidation involved in the interrogation, there is also the sense of violation they experience when their homes are searched and personal items taken.

Pray for:

  • The release of all Christians being held
  • Their witness in prison
  • Their families