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8. Trial

8. Trial

Mojtaba recounts his year-long trial.

7. Taste of Freedom

7. Taste of Freedom

Mojtaba talks us through his emotions in the moments and days after his release on bail.

Supreme Court agrees to retrial of Iranian-Armenian pastor serving 10-year sentence

Supreme Court agrees to retrial of Iranian-Armenian pastor serving 10-year sentence

Iran’s Supreme Court has agreed that an ethnic Armenian pastor serving a 10-year prison sentence for holding church services in […]

Church Haik Hovsepian founded set to be sold by Iranian state

Church Haik Hovsepian founded set to be sold by Iranian state

A church of huge significance for Iranian Christians is set to be sold by an organisation headed by Iran’s Supreme […]

6. Behind Bars

6. Behind Bars

Mojtaba recalls his first moments in prison, including being ordered not to tell anyone there that his “crime” was being a Christian.

‘I have to bring back the child who became a Christian,’ says Shia cleric

‘I have to bring back the child who became a Christian,’ says Shia cleric

A prominent Shia cleric has bemoaned how the younger generation of Iranians are leaving Shia Islam for other faiths, including Christianity, and said he views it as his responsibility to “bring them back”.

‘I felt very sick every time the jailer searched our bodies with her hands’

‘I felt very sick every time the jailer searched our bodies with her hands’

Shadi Noveiri was strip-searched multiple times during her 40 days in detention, an experience she describes as “absolutely humiliating and […]

Shadi Noveiri

Shadi Noveiri

My name is Shadi Noveiri Gilani. I was born in Bandar Anzali in 1990 and became a Christian on 19 September 2007. I was arrested on 11 November 2015, and detained for 40 days.

Fifth convert released amid mass pardoning of political prisoners

Fifth convert released amid mass pardoning of political prisoners

A fifth convert has been released as part of the mass pardoning of political prisoners, while there are reports two […]

5. Court Hearing

5. Court Hearing

Mojtaba describes the moment, after three weeks in solitary confinement, that he was brought before a judge.