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Iranian Christian sisters beaten after house raid and arrest

Middle East and North Africa

Iranian Christian sisters beaten after house raid and arrest

Two Christian sisters were allegedly subjected to physical assaults after their arrest by plain-clothes Iranian security forces on 2 December.

The two Christian converts, Shima (27) and Shokoofeh (30), were arrested when the security officers raided four homes in the southern Iranian city of Ahvaz.

They arrested four Christians and confiscated phones, books and computers.

The two sisters were assaulted while being interrogated, before being transferred to a local prison on 12 December. The whereabouts of two other Christians arrested, Farzad and Behzadi, who are both men in their thirties, are unknown.

It is not clear what charges have been levelled against the Christians, but a judge has set a bail equivalent to around £35,000 ($44,000) each. Iranian Christian converts are often accused of political offenses, such as “propaganda against the state”.