7 Christians Arrested in Firoozkooh

HRANA News Agency – On August 26, seven Christian converts who had gone to Firoozkooh with their families were detained by the Intelligence Ministry. Two of these citizens were released immediately but the whereabouts and condition of five others are unknown so far.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), on August 26, Ramin Bet Tamers, Amin Afshar Naderi, Hadi Asgari, Mohamad Dehnavard and Amir Saman Dashti with their wives had gone to Firoozkooh for fishing and picnics. Around 1:30 PM, Ministry of Intelligence agents attacked them and separated the men from women. Amin Afshar Naderi asked them for a warrant but they refused to show a warrant and beat him.
A close source to these families told HRANA’s reporters: “In fact, first seven people were arrested, but two of them were released immediately. Then the security forces transferred the detained men to an undisclosed location, and families are unaware of their condition.”
Ramin Bet Tamers, son of Victor Bet Tamers, Assyrian priest who had been arrested at his home on Christmas celebrations on December 26, 2014. Amin Nader afshar had been arrested at the same time, too.
Rev. Victor Shafaha was accused of “illegal propaganda of a house church” and “publishing and distributing the Bible”. He was released on the bail on March 1, 2015. Amin Afshar Naderi was also released on the bail in 2015. Both of these citizens were waiting for their court sessions.
HRANA’s source said: “Close people to the Christian citizens know no reason for their arrest apart from the arrest of Victor, Amin and others in a Christmas celebration in 2014 at Rev. Victor’s house.”

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