An Iranian Christian convert was arrested following a raid of his house by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS).
Rahmat Rostamipour, 49, was taken from his home in Anzali, Gilan Province, in northern Iran on the morning of 18 April.
During the raid several Bibles were confiscated. Mobile phones, ID cards, books and electronic tablets used by the couple’s children were also seized.
Agents chose not to arrest Rahmat’s wife Azar as the raid had caused the couple’s teenage daughter to suffer a panic attack. Instead, Azar was summoned for questioning at the MOIS office in Anzali the following day
Azar was interrogated for several hours on suspicion of “propaganda against the regime through involvement in house-church activities”. However, she was released without being charged.
The exact location of Rahmat’s detention is not yet known. He has not yet been charged.