Maryam Rustampoor (aged 27) and Marzieh Amirizadeh Esmaeilabad (aged 30) have been detained for the past six weeks by Iranian security authorities. They are currently being held in an overcrowded cell with 27 other women in the notorious Evin Prison in Teheran.
The Iranian Ambassador to Ireland, Mr. Ebrahim Rahimpour, appeared before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs in late January.
He made a presentation about the situation in Gaza and was then questioned on a variety of topics by TDs and Senators.
The Iranian parliament has approved a new penal code which includes a provision for the death penalty to be made mandatory for apostasy. This would remove any discretion for judges in Iran in such cases and would effectively impose sharia law as the law of the land.
Abbas Amiri and Sakineh Rahnama (a Christian couple in their 60’s) have died following a violent raid on their home by Iranian security police. A Christian worship service taking place in their home on the outskirts of Isfahan was disrupted by security police.
There is particular concern for two men, Mahmood Matin (aged 52) and Arash Bandari (aged 44) who have been held in prison for over two months. They were arrested on 15 May on suspicion of ‚Äúapostasy,‚Äù or leaving Islam.
After two months of solitary confinement at a secret police detention centre known by its address, Sepah Street 100, located in the center of Shiraz, Matin and Bandari were placed in a cell together in mid-July.