WASHINGTON (BP)--Two Iranian converts to Christianity are standing strong in their faith, according to a report from Iran by the Farsi Christian News Network.
The two converts, Marzieh Amirizadeh, 30, and Maryam Rustampoor, 27, were summoned to appear in what FCNN described as "the revolutionary court" in Tehran on Aug. 9. The women have been detained since their arrest on March 5 and have been held in Iran's notorious Evin prison since a March 18 court hearing.
"We were born in Muslim families, but we were not Muslims"
-- Iranian converts Marzieh Amirizadeh & Maryam Rustampoor
The Farsi Christian News Network, describing the women's five-month ordeal, said they have "suffered greatly while in prison, suffering ill health, solitary confinement and interrogations for many hours while blindfolded."
FCNN, in its report on the Aug. 9 hearing, recounted that the women were questioned by a deputy prosecutor identified as "Mr Haddad."
According to FCNN:
"Mr. Haddad asked the two women if they were Christians. 'We love Jesus,' they replied. He repeated his question and they said, 'Yes, we are Christians.'
"Mr. Haddad then said, 'You were Muslims and now you have become Christians.'
"'We were born in Muslim families, but we were not Muslims' was their reply.
"Mr. Haddad's questioning continued and he asked them if they regretted becoming Christians, to which they replied, 'We have no regrets.' Read More