Iranian authorities have detained a Christian couple at Evin Prison, Tehran.
Homayoun Zhaveh, 63, and his wife Sara Ahmadi, 44, were detained after responding to a summons by the prison’s administrative office on 13 August.
The couple had assumed they were being summoned to receive property previously confiscated from them. No explanation for their detention has been given.
Homayoun suffers from advanced Parkinson’s disease and his wife is his main carer.
The couple were originally arrested for their membership of a “house church” in June 2019 and held at Evin. Homayoun was released after a month but Sara was held for 67 days, including 33 days in solitary confinement.
They were subsequently charged with membership of an “illegal organisation”, and in November 2020 Homayoun was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and Sara to eleven years (later reduced to eight) for her role in organising the church.
In March 2021 the couple were then summoned to begin their sentences. An appeal against the sentence was subsequently rejected, but when they presented themselves at Evin to start their sentences both Homayoun and Sara were told they could return home.
It is feared that they have now been summoned to fulfil their prison sentences.
Evin prison is notorious for prolonged interrogations and the abusive treatment of inmates.