Christian Persecution Info - Christian Persecution Magazine

Welcome to Christian Persecution Info

Iran Church Fears Detained Members Are Tortured

Posted on: 2012-10-18 01:57:00
By Stefan J. Bos, Worthy News' Chief International Correspondent

TEHRAN, IRAN (Worthy News)-- An official of one of Iran's largest house church movement says recently detained church members are tortured and otherwise pressured to confess to crimes they did not commit.

"We are especially concerned about seven Christians of our church who were taken to prison on Friday," October 12, said Church of Iran council member Firouz Khandjani.

"It is our impression that Iranian authorities are trying to make them confess to charges such as 'activities threatening the security of the state'," he stressed.

"In prison, there are authorities playing 'good guys' saying "we are looking for solutions" and 'bad guys' who are torturing them, explained Khandjani who himself was briefly detained after visiting a local church.

He said the pressure comes at a time when Christian meetings are viewed by Iran's leadership as even "worse than political" gatherings. "A lot of [political] opponents may stop their activities eventually under pressure. But a Christian cannot stop being a Christian," added Khandjani.

POLITICAL OPPONENT

"Everyone who is not a Shia Muslim is considered a political opponent," he said.

Khandjani spoke to BosNewsLife from an undisclosed location amid security concerns after earlier revealing that as many as 400 evangelical Protestant Christians were detained this month alone by "Iran's Gestapo", the word he uses for the feared intelligence service.

The Church of Iran members were detained during a worship service in the city of Shiraz, he said. They include Mohammad Roghangir, known locally as 'Brother Vahid', who led a the house church meeting attended by some 15 people.

Other Christians captured during the same raid were identified as Eskandar Rezaie, Bijan Haghighi, Mehdi Ameruni and Shahin Lahooti. "We are also concerned about sister Roxana Forughi as this is the second time she is being detained," Khandjani said earlier.

He said a court hearing was not expected before the forced confessions.

MORE DETENTIONS

Khandjani spoke while believers were awaiting news about five Christian converts detained in Adel-Abad prison eight months ago following a raid on a house church in Shiraz.

They were expected to face a court Monday, October 15.

Iranian officials have denied innocent Christians are being detained in prison and often describe them as "criminals" who are "threatening security."

Church of Iran and other movements have linked the reported crackdown to concern among Iranian officials linked to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei about the spread of Christianity in the Islamic nation.

Some church groups say there may be at least 100,000 evangelical Christians in the country, including many former Muslims.


Do you want to add Prayer to your site?
World News
U.S. Steps Up Military Action Against the Islamic State
Iran Stalls With West As Its Nuclear Program Develops
Islamic State Continues to Massacre Scores in Iraq and Syria, Loses Control of Mosul Dam
Ukraine Crisis: Separatists Trained in Russia
Ebola Threatens West Africa, Airlines Halt Flights
Islamic State Changes Tactics, Closing in on Aleppo
N. Korea Fires Short Range Missiles as Pope Visits S. Korea
Israel News
Israel Closer to Full-Scale War, Hamas Vows to "Liberate Jerusalem"
Red Heifer Declared Unfit
Israel Kills Three Senior Hamas Commanders As Rockets Rain Down on Israel
Ceasefire Broken as Rockets Rain Down on Israel, Ministers Call for Action
Ceasefire Extended by 24 Hours
Deadline Looms at Midnight as Hamas Threatens 'War of Attrition', Israel Will Respond in Full Force to any Hamas strikes
Israel Cabinet Convenes to Discuss Cease-Fire Negotiations
U.S. News
Laws Broken with Bergdahl Prisoner Swap, GAO Says
Holder Arrives As Protests Continue in Ferguson
Riots Continue to Break Out, Governor Orders Curfew, Feds Take Over Investigation
Militarization of Police Stuns America (Video)
Same-Sex Marriage in Virginia Takes Effect on Aug. 20 Unless Supreme Court Intervenes
Despite Record Tax Revenues, Gov't Runs $460B Deficit
Obama Administration's Release of Illegal Immigrants Unlawful, Audit Finds

Help others find Christian Persecution Info! Use this code to link to Christian Persecution Information on your web page:

<a href="http://www.christian
persecution.info" title="Christian Persecution">Christian Persecution Info</a>

1999-2014 Christian Persecution Info - a Christian website of the Worthy Network