Arrested Christian convert held in unknown location, parents worried

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A Christian convert arrested last week remains in detention in an unknown location, according to a report by an Iranian Christian news site.

Iman Golzar (Mohabat News)

Iman Golzar was arrested at his home in Dezful, western Iran, at midnight on 16 January by plainclothes agents of the Ministry of Intelligence, who showed no warrant and confiscated his computer and CCTV cameras, according to Mohabat News.

Iman was then reportedly taken away to an unknown location, with no news of him since, despite the efforts of his parents, who are deaf, to discover his whereabouts and condition.

His parents are said to be “very worried about him” but were told to stop asking questions about him, and threatened that they would be “dealt with” should they continue pursuing his case.

Iman is the second Christian convert from Dezful to have been arrested in recent weeks; Esmaeil Narimanpour, who was arrested on Christmas Eve, also remains in detention.

At least three other Christians were arrested over the Christmas period in separate incidents in the nearby cities of Ahvaz and Izeh, though Article18 is not able to provide any more information about those arrests at this stage. — Article 18