by Samuel Smith
According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran, plainclothes officers raided the church earlier this month as part of a wide crackdown on house churches.
After raiding the house, the officers beat up the congregants and then confiscated their Bibles, other Christian literature and satellite dishes located on the premises.
Eyewitnesses said the worshipers were arrested and put into a van to be taken to an undisclosed prison for detention. Although three of the Christian converts were reportedly released on bail, there is no information regarding the condition of those converts who remain detained. However, six of the Christians arrested have been identified.
Although NCRI reported that at least eight Christians were arrested, with three being released, BosNewsLife reports that as many eight Christians involved in the church raid are still said to be missing.
Citing the Iranian news agency Mohabat News, BosNewsLife reports that authorities took the Christians from the church and later searched their homes. The report adds that the authorities never acquired the proper legal orders to arrest the congregants or search their properties...
...Christian advocates told BosNewsLife that family members have been searching for their loved ones and have even gained judicial authority to secure their release, but to no avail...