TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)– Iran has jailed dozens of evangelical Christians, many of whom are converts from Muslim backgrounds, according to a new United Nations report seen by BosNewsLife Monday, March 17.
Ahmed Shaheed, the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, said “at least 49 Christians” remained detained “in Islamic Republic of Iran as at January 2014.”
The report came while Iranian Christians told BosNewsLife that authorities in Central Prison in the city of Karaj had confiscated the Bible and several Christian books of jailed evangelical Pastor Behnam Irani.
Irani, 43, began a one-year prison term in 2011 but was later told he would also have to serve a five-year, previously suspended, sentence for “crimes against national security”.
Christians also expressed concern he may face execution after a court advised such a sentence for alleged “apostasy”, or abandoning Islam.