Sources are reporting that four ministers from the Church in Karaj, Iran have been arrested by Sepah (Revolutionary guard). Their homes were invaded on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. The ministers that have been arrested are: Brother Amin Khaki and Brother Milad Goudarzi: arrested in their homes: Brother Shahab Shahi and Brother Alireza Nourmohamadi were arrested during meetings with believers. They are being held in an unknown location and have not been allowed to speak to their families or anyone else. It seems certain that they will be held in solitary confinement in a Sepah prison facility.
It was on December 12, 2017 in the evening that sepah broke into the homes and church meetings that were taking places. They confiscated all cell phones, laptops, literature, books and Bibles.
Authorities went to the homes of Amin Khaki, Milad Goudarzi, Shahab Shahi and Alireza Nourmohamadi, where house church meetings were taking place. After arrests, the men were taken to an unknown location. They have informed their families of their well-being, but remain detained pending the laying of charges.
One of those arrested, Amin Khaki, has previously been imprisoned for his faith. He was first arrested on 10th May 2010 in Karaj, charged with anti-government activity and given a one-year suspended sentence that was eventually suspended for five years. On 5th March 2014, he was again arrested and detained while attending a picnic with other Christians, near Shoush, Khuzestan province. Amin was then released on bail on 3rd January 2015 with a court hearing following in May. On 4th October 2015 he was sentenced to one year in prison (including time already served) on charges of “action against national security” and released in July 2016.