An Iranian high court has upheld the prison sentences of four Christians for converting to the faith from Islam.
The decision means Pastor Farhad Sabokrooh, of the Iranian Assemblies of God, his wife Shahnaz Jayzan, and church workers Naser Zaman-Dezfuli and Davoud Alijani have had to return to jail.
They were arrested in December 2011 after their church in the southern town of Ahwaz was raided by authorities during Christmas celebrations.
The four Christians were sentenced to one year in prison by the Revolutionary Court in Ahwaz for “converting to Christianity and propagating against the Islamic regime through evangelism”.
They were temporarily released but were summoned to court on 1 May and re-arrested, Christian Solidarity Worldwide reports.
Mr Alijani was transferred to Ahwaz’s Karoon Prison to complete his sentence, while Pastor Sabokrooh, Shahnaz Jayzan and Mr Zaman-Dezfuli were taken to Sepidar Prison.