Two Christians on Hunger Strike in Evin Prison

Posted on: 12th April, 2017
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HRANA News Agency – Hadi Asgari and Amin Afshar Naderi Christian converts who are detained in Evin prison, have gone on hunger strike in protest at the uncertainty in over six months after his arrest.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Hadi Asgari, Christian convert imprisoned in ward 4 of Evin prison, has gone on hunger strike protesting against the uncertainty in over six months after his arrest, also  interdiction of his release on the bail, since February 11, 2017.

Amin Afshar Naderi has gone on hunger strike for the same reason, since February 5, 2017.

A source close to the families of these jailed Christian converts told HRANA’s reporter: “Their demand is to clear their condition and not keeping them in an undecided situation in prison. Despite pursuing by their families, their case has not been processed yet. They have been held in prison from September until now.”

Mr. Asgari and Mr. Naderi along with 12 other citizens were arrested in Firoozkooh, on August 25, 2016, and had been held in solitary confinement of ward 209 for 82 days. They were then transferred to ward 44 of Evin prison.

An informed source regarding this case, told HRANA’s reporter: “On that date, 14 people had been arrested including; 7 men and 7 women, one of them was 13 years old, and another was 55, and the 5 of them, named; Ramil Bat Tamarz, Amin Afshar Naderi, Hadi Asgari, Mohammad Torkaman Dehnavi, and Amir Samandasht, were transferred to Evin prison, but the others were released by writing commitments. Later on, the intelligence agents had raided the houses of three of them and seized some of their belongings after inspecting the houses. Also, some of them had been summoned to the intelligence office and were interrogated.”

The latest news is that Ramil Bat Tamarz, Amir Samandasht, and Mohammad Torkaman Dehnavi have been temporarily released on the bail of 1 billion IRR, and Amin Afshar Naderi and Hadi Asgari, are still held in an undecided condition in Evin prison, due to the court officials refusal to accept the issued bail of 2 billion IRR for each of them.