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Iran Church Fears Detained Members Are Tortured

Thursday, October 18, 2012 (1:57 am)
Posted in: Christian Persecution, Christian Persecution - Middle East, Iran

By Stefan J. Bos, Worthy News' Chief International Correspondent

iran mapTEHRAN, 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.

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  • http://twitter.com/BoomerWhatever Boomer

    "Tribulation will expose differences between true Christians and fake Christians; Death in the face of persecution is preferable to compromise." — Tennessee Elijah

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/William-Harvey/100000828007745 William Harvey

    Well put, Boomer. We, as free Christians in the U.S., truely can't comprehend discrimination like Iran and China. I've often asked myself how far the Lord will turn up the heat here before He calls us home.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.kohinsky Robert Kohinsky

    luke 10:18 the Lord God of Israel said"I beheld satan as lightning fall from heaven." I beheld the adversary as barak obama." for in hebrew barak means lightning and obama means fall from heaven, read it and weep but as lightning shine out of the east (barak Started in indonesia in the east) even unto the west ( barak obama is here in the west ) so shall the coming of the son of man be .people the muslim false replacement theology must be stood up and the world must be rid of the koran , this is such an evil book, barak obama a.k.a. barry seotoro is a muslim , oh i'm sorry it's barak who is the christian and barry is the muslim,,, i get it i'm supposed to believe this —–not——barry a.k.a. barak is ha satan

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.kohinsky Robert Kohinsky

    i suppose when barry has had enough of me he'll rub me out too, ain't that right you secret government muslim lovers, after alll i'm a jew and he 's a muslim

  • TheSunDidIt

    This sort of thing is why we have a SECOND AMENDMENT in the US. Our founders KNEW that government CAN AND DOES overstep their authority regularly. It has always been viewed as a means to retain our freedom and liberty. NOT JUST SO WE CAN GO HUNTING. That's why any "assault weapons ban" is unconstitutional. The amendment was specifically intended that citizens have MILITARY arms available. To Robert, Shalom. The Jewish people and Israel are always in our prayers. Boomer, the quote is true but, do not be deceived. We're NOT called to roll over and let this world murder us or our families. There's a BIG DIFFERENCE between "turning the other cheek" and becoming a martyr. In the Marines in 1974 I had a drunken SGT who decided he didn't like my face and tried to adjust it three times to the jaw as hard as he could. I "turned the other cheek". But, that does not mean I would stand there and let him or anyone else kill me or my family. At that point, the fight is on. And we Marines don't know how to "fight nice" like these clowns in Washington want us to.

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