According to the report of Jamia Aryaei news agency, Hadi Rahimi, a Christian convert living in Rasht, went to Evin prison on Sunday, January 19, to serve four years in prison. In August 2019, Mr. Rahimi and three other Christian converts were sentenced to a total of 13 years in prison for their peaceful ideological activities and on charges of “acting against national security”, “promoting Zionist Christianity” and “participating in house church meetings”.
Mr. Rahimi, 32 years old, has a 9-month-old daughter.
These four Christian converts were arrested in February 2018 after security officers raided a house and they were interrogated at the same place. After confiscating their belongings and personal documents, they were told that they will be summoned to court soon.
Telephone summons of Christian converts
Following a telephone summons, Branch 10 of the Rasht Revolution Court on May 24, 2019, and after explaining the charges, set a bail of 500 million tomans for each of these converts. They were unable to secure bail and were sent to prison on May 25.
Accusations of Christian convert Hadi Rahimi
Their accusations are related to their membership in the house church called “Church of Iran” in Rasht. A number of other members of this house church, including Yusuf Naderkhani, one of the leaders of this house church, Mohammad Reza (Yohan) Omidi, Zaman (Sahib) Fadaei and Shahrouz Islam Dost are currently in prison.
With the reduction of bail, Hadi Rahimi and three other Christian converts were released on bail in May and June 2019.
After the prison sentence was issued for these Christian converts, Mervin Thomas, the executive director of the “Global Christian Solidarity” organization, considered the prison sentence of these four people to be the latest development in the relentless suppression of certain religious and religious groups in Iran and asked the Iranian government to and release others who are in prison because of their beliefs. He also asked the Islamic Republic to remove any restrictions on the freedom of religion and beliefs and to respect the right of citizens to choose beliefs and religion.
In the past years, the Islamic Republic has repeatedly accused Christian citizens of “acting against national security” and “propagating Zionist Christianity” without providing any documents and sent them to prison.
The government of Iran, which has closed Persian speaking churches; It continues to attack house church meetings and has recently targeted Christians in several cities.