Mustafa Rahimi, a book seller from City of Bukan-Iran, was arrested by the intelligence agencies for selling the Bible, and sentenced to jail.
Iranian Christians News Agency (12.09.2019) – https://bit.ly/2nLV5Ze – Reports from Iran indicate that a citizen from Bukan was arrested and imprisoned on charges of selling the Bible.
Mohabat News: Mustafa Rahimi, the son of Ali, was sentenced to six months and one day of imprisonment by 101st Branch of the Bukan Public Revolutionary Court.
Sources close to the family of the citizen confirmed his arrest on charges of selling the Bible.
Mustafa Rahimi, who had previously been detained by the intelligence agency on June 11, 2019, was sentenced to a fine and imprisonment but was released on 200 million toman bail. However, informed sources say that he was summoned to detention a few days later and is held in the Bukan Central Prison.
Bukan is a Kurdish town in West Azerbaijan Province in northwestern Iran. Rahimi had a bookstore in National Bank alley, Bukan. The Islamic Republic of Iran has severely restricted access to books with Christian content, as well as the prohibition of publishing, copying, and selling these books with severe punishment.
Dozens of Iranian citizens have been arrested and sent to prison on charges of acting against national security through the propaganda of Christianity this year. The government severely oppresses and violates the rights of religious minorities, especially Persian-speaking Christians. As a result, for them, there is no other way than to seek asylum in other countries.
Organized pressure on Christians has increased significantly over the past forty years. The anger and violence that erupted after the revolution against the Christians led the Iranians to begin researching Christianity themselves.
Nowadays, Iranian churches are widely recognized worldwide and are among the fastest-growing churches in the world.