According to Mohabat News, after a high-court approved their sentence, Pastor Farhad Sabokrouh, his wife Shahnaz Jayzan, and two other members of the AOG church of Ahwaz, Naser Zamen-Dezfuli and Davoud Alijani (also known as David), were called to prison to begin serving their sentence. An initial court had sentenced each of them to one year in prison.
According to the report, on Wednesday, May 1, Davoud Alijani reported to the court where he was arrested and then transferred to Karoon prison in Ahwaz. Also, upon receiving a summons letter, Pastor Sabokrouh, Shahnaz Jayzan and Naser Zamen-Dezfuli went to the Revolutionary Court of Ahwaz. They were also arrested on the spot and transferred to Sepidar prison.
The Revolutionary court has announced these Christians' charges as "converting to Christianity and propagating against the Islamic regime through evangelism".
It is worth mentioning that after spending two months under arrest, Pastor Farhad Sabokrouh had been temporarily released on bail on February 21, and banned from holding church services, and/or meeting with Christians, and from residing in Ahwaz. Thus he was forced to move to Tehran.
It should be remembered that on Friday, December 23, 2011, Iranian security authorities raided the AOG church of Ahwaz and arrested the four people mentioned above, together with all individuals in attendance at the church service.
It is obvious that the restriction and arrest of Christian converts is not a new phenomenon in Iran. It is the strategy of the Islamic regime to prevent its citizens from exercising their rights and freedom. By persecuting and discriminating against religious minorities, the regime adds to the record of its crimes against them.
Also, some time ago, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, that closely monitors situation of religious freedom in different countries, announced Iran, and 14 other countries, as greatest violators of religious freedom in the world.