Three Christians arrested under Iran’s amended penal code
Three Christian converts from Fardis were charged on the 5th of May under Article 500 of the Penal Code, and the first known Christians facing these charges since the amendments in February.
Amin Khaki, Milad Goodarzi, and Alireza Nourmohammadi were charged with “engaging in propaganda that educates in a deviant way contrary to the holy religion of Islam”.
In November 2020 the homes of the three men, along with nine other Christian families, were raided. No arrests were made at the time but Christian literature and personal items were confiscated. Then, in early 2021, intelligence officials interrogated one member of each family.
The interrogations ended with them being forced to sign a commitment to not gather together, whether in person or online. This was reportedly the first instance that mandated no online or social gatherings.
Now the three men have been officially charged, though the remaining families have also faced threats of imprisonment and employment restrictions.