Iran: A Christian convert acquitted of charges and released from Evin Prison


This Christian convert who had been arrested as part of the broad series of arrests in Tehran and other counties by security authorities last year eventually was released after a total of 287 days in detention.

According to Iranian Christian News Agency, Mohabat News, Ms. Shahla Rahmati, a Christian convert who had been sentenced to two and a half years in prison, was released on 20 December, 2011 after 287 days in custody.

An initial court sentenced Ms. Rahmati to two and a half years imprisonment after convicting her of “membership in an illegal group” but later an appeal court overturned her conviction.

During three months of her imprisonment, her cell-mates included women who had been convicted of murder and/or drug addiction.

Ms. Rahmati was arrested on 9 March, 2011, following the broad series of arrests of Christian converts by security authorities in Tehran and other counties during the Christmas season.

On 26 December, 2010 at the same time as Christians all around the world were rejoicing, praying and giving thanks for the birth of Jesus Christ, security agents of the regime arrested a number of Christian converts in their homes in Tehran and other cities in a pre-organized manner.

Ms. Rahmati spent some time in solitary confinement after her arrest. Then she was transferred to ward 209 of Evin prison of Tehran after enduring a number of interrogation sessions by agents of the intelligence office concerning her religious beliefs.

The other two Christian converts, Ms. Maryam Jalili and Ms. Mitra Zahmati were transferred to the women’s section of the Evin prison three months ago. It has been reported that Ms. Zahmati was also sentenced to two and a half years in prison while Ms. Jalili remains in custody with her fate unknown.

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