By BosNewsLife News Center
TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife) — Iranian security police in Tehran have detained and tortured a married couple who recently converted from Islam to Christianity and threatened to put their 4-year-old daughter in an institution, a Christian news agency reported late Wednesday, June 25.
Well-informed Compass Direct News, which investigates reports of persecution, said Tina Rad, 28, and her husband Makan Arya, 31, were arrested June 3 after holding Bible studies and attending a house church. A relative apparently informed Iran’s security police about their activities.
Rad was reportedly charged with “activities against the holy religion of Islam” for reading the Bible with Muslims in her home in east Tehran and trying to convert them, while officials accused Arya of “activities against national security.” The couple was allegedly also forced to leave their 4-year-old ill daughter unattended. In addition, police confiscated their personal computer, satellite dish and television set, as well as all books, videos, CDs, DVDs and even a photo album, Compass Direct News said.
A source with close knowledge about the situation, speaking apparently on condition of anonymity, said authorities kept them in an unknown jail for four days, which left “them badly bruised from beatings,” with Rad “very ill” and unable to walk, Compass Direct News reported. Rad was released on bail of $30,000 bail, and her husband was freed on payment of $20,000, the news agency said. It was not immediately clear who, if anyone, provided the funds.
“STOPPING WITH JESUS”
“The next time there may also be an apostasy charge, if you don’t stop with your Jesus,” a female security police officer allegedly told Rad during interrogation. Under Iran ’s strict Islamic laws, Muslims who convert from Islam to another religion can be executed. A draft law before the Iranian parliament would make the death penalty mandatory for “apostates” who leave Islam.
“They went to a court hearing just for show,” the source was quoted as saying, “as secret police had already taken their signatures by force with a statement that they had not changed their religion.” More legal troubles could await the couple, who accepted “Christ as their personal Lord and Savior” some three months ago, a local source said.
A female security police official allegedly warned Rad that if she and her husband continued attending a house church and holding Bible studies, they could be imprisoned “for a very long time” and would lose their daughter, Odzhan Arya. An officer also told Rad that authorities could concoct a drug case against them, “and you will be punished as drug smugglers,” Compass Direct News reported. Read More..