Perhaps the drug charge is to divert unwanted Western attention from the underlying problem of Mojdehi’s apostasy, which is really what upsets them. Islamic Tolerance Alert: “Iran: Government “˜Officially” Charges Ex-Muslim with Drug Trafficking: Officers tell convert to Christianity his real crime was abandoning Islam,” from Compass Direct:
August 8 (Compass Direct News) — Seven years after Issa Motamedi Mojdehi converted from Islam to Christianity, Iranian secret police have jailed him for abandoning Islam but officially charged him with illegal drug trafficking.
Authorities formally charged the 31-year-old Christian with drug trafficking when he was arrested two weeks ago. But Savama (secret police) officials have told Motamedi Mojdehi that his real offense, said to be recorded in his confidential legal file, is abandoning Islam. Unless he renounces his Christian faith and returns to Islam, officials told him, he will remain in jail and possibly face execution.