ISTANBUL, January 4 (Compass Direct News) — All but one Iranian house church leader arrested for “evangelization” in a coordinated sweep of four cities last month were released by last week.
Behrouz Sadegh-Khandjani is still in police custody in Tehran, where officials are holding him on the pretext that he must pay an outstanding debt, one source said.
Members of the group raised a 30,000-euro (US$39,743) bail for the release of two other leaders held in Tehran last week but paid smaller amounts to free members in the cities of Karaj, Rasht and Bandar-i Anzali, the source said.
Iranian police began arresting the house church leaders from their homes in the early morning hours of December 10. According to one source, officials accused them of evangelization and actions against the national security of Iran.
Tehran officials continue to hold Sadegh-Khandjani on grounds that he has not paid off debts incurred in an uninsured rental car crash two years ago, one source said. According to the source, secret police have encouraged the owner of the rental company to pursue demands for reimbursement.