by order of the court; Devotional classes for Dezful Christian converts
The lawyer defending a number of Christian converts in Khuzestan says that in addition to hearing all kinds of insults, my clients were insulted and threatened with “long-term prisons” and even “execution”.
Aryan News Agency – Reports from Iran indicate that a number of Christian converts in Khuzestan province have been threatened and pressured by the officers and forces of the Intelligence Department of Ahvaz and Dezful for some time. These Christian converts are members of the “Message of Liberation” church, who were first arrested in October 2016 on charges of forming a house church and propagating Christianity. “Iman Soleimani”, the lawyer who defends these Christian converts, says: “According to the information I received, the officers and forces of the Dezful and Ahvaz Intelligence Department have contacted my clients many times in the last two months and questioned them without any court orders or Sharia permits. And they answered. These agents, who call the converts from the news headquarters of the Intelligence Department, invite them to participate in wedding classes. But the reality is that attending these classes is not an invitation but a summons to listen to the teachings of a seminary. This is while the imposition of belief and religion is against the principle of freedom of belief and such a procedure is also against the law.
Threats of long-term prisons and even execution for Christian converts
This lawyer added: “In addition to hearing all kinds of insults, my clients were insulted and threatened with long-term prison terms and even execution.” The calls from the Intelligence Bureau and the threats had become so frequent that these Christian converts finally tipped me off. Therefore, in the coming days, the matter will be announced in writing to the prosecutor of Dezful and Khuzestan province, because these pressures and telephone summonses and the formation of religious classes, insults and threats are against basic human rights and violate human rights, and the officers do not have a license to do this and according to the rule of jurisprudence. “La Ikrah Fi-al-Din” and other legal and religious principles that are based on human dignity are definitely an act of humiliation and threat to the client.
Many times, the government has forced Christian converts to participate in ideological and Islamic meetings. Inquisition is prohibited in Iran’s constitution, but Christian converts have been pressured to change their religion many times in interrogations and courts.
At the end of Farudin 1400, at the same time as protests began in Khuzestan against livelihood problems and unemployment and water and electricity cuts, the pressure on religious dissidents intensified, and at the same time, a number of Christian converts from Dezful city were arrested or summoned by the intelligence agents, and since then, their cases have been investigated. had In December 1400, after the trial, “Ismail Narimanpour, Mohammad Ali Torabi Shangri, Masoud Nazhu, Alireza Worksha, Hojjat Lotfi Khalafjoy, Mohammad Kaedgap, Mohsen Saadatizadeh and Alireza Roshanaizadeh” were found not guilty and a restraining order was issued against them, but the pressure of the intelligence agencies To these Christians it also continued.
It should be noted that in recent years, the security institutions, on the one hand, in addition to systematically depriving the dissidents, especially the Christians, put them under pressure with security charges and issued heavy sentences to them, and on the other hand, they try to justify them with different methods. Converting to Christianity was a wrong choice.