HRANA – The revolutionary court of Mashhad while threatening the families of Christian detainees, has told them in the event these individuals do not adhere back to Islam they will be sentenced for “apostasy”.
According to HRANA reporters, On Sunday, during a meeting with the families of the detainees that have been held since July 7th 2010 for adhering to Christianity the judge for branch 901 of revolutionary court of Mashhad announced that in spite of the fact that the authorities have spent 50 days, nevertheless these individuals have not given any guarantees to recant from their Christianity. After these statements while threatening the families of the detainees, the court authorities and intelligence officers asked them in a meeting that they will arrange with the detainees, they have to request their loved ones to recant from their Christian beliefs and return to Islam. The authorities have demanded that the families of the these individuals to provide ample warnings about the re-precautions of insisting upon their Christian beliefs.
The judicial and security authorities of Mashhad while making threats, have also stated in the event you did not succeed, we will consider “apostasy” charges against them and these three individuals will be prosecuted in the court with such charge.
Mr. Ehsan Behrouz along with someone named Reza who is said to be the servitor for a house church in Mashhad along with his wife and eight other fellow country Christians living in Mashhad were going to participate in a Christian ceremony, were detained by the intelligence forces, blind-folded and handcuffed and were transferred to an undisclosed location.
Having spent one week in detention, eight of them were released, but three of them are still being held in custody.
The official meaning of “apostasy” charge request for someone in Iran, means requesting “execution” for him. Therefore, officially based upon the punishment in accordance to the Sharia law of the Islamic republic of Iran the punishment of a male individual who has been charged with apostasy will be death by hanging if the charge is proven to be a fact.