Reportedly, according to Article 18, in his video the 31-year-old also said he was arrested for his “Christian activities.”
In Iran—No. 8 on Open Doors’ World Watch List—those who leave Islam to practice Christianity are targeted for their decision. Despite the fact that Christians are recognized as a religious minority under Iranian law, security forces nevertheless pursue the issue of Muslims converting to Christianity.
Refusing to name names
Hamed’s case actually dates back to February 2019, though it was not reported until his sentencing earlier this year in April. The ordeal began the morning of February 23 as Hamed left his home in Fardis, west of the country’s capital city Teharan.
Targeted by Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence, Hamed was confronted and arrested by secret agents who then raided his home, looking for any Christian items they could find. When they had finished ransacking Hamed’s home, the agents had confiscated Bibles and Christian literature, as well as computer hard drives.
That day, Hamed was taken to a prison 20 miles away in Karaj and held in solitary confinement for 10 days before being transferred to Ghezel Hesar Prison, also in Karaj, for another two days.
While he was detained, authorities relentlessly Hamed and reportedly, at one point, offered a large monthly salary to the Christian convert become an informant on other Christians.
Boldly, Hamed refused the offer. And he was beaten for his perseverance.
Watch what happened when Iranian believer Taher refused to give up names of Christians: