Iranian security forces raided the home of Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani on Sunday, where they beat him in front of his family and tasered one of his son’s, according to a human rights group.
Nadarkhani, a convert from Islam to Christianity, was also told that his 10-year prison sentence will be at the notorious Evin Prison.
Iran Human Rights Monitor reported that the attack was carried out on Sunday, when the pastor’s home was raided and he was taken to the Branch 2 of the Revolutionary court of Rasht, northern Iran.
“Plain cloth agents went to Mr. Nadarkhani’s home and attempted to break down the door to enter the home. When Nadarkhani’s son opened the door, the state forces threw him to the ground using electric shocker. Then they beat Mr. Nadarkhani with electric shocker and arrested him before his wife and child,” said a source close to Nadarkhani’s family, who wasn’t named.
“In response to his family’s inquiry, they were told that Mr. Nadarkhani is scheduled to be transferred to Tehran’s Evin Prison,” the source added.
Evin Prison is where many Christians and political opponents of the Iranian regime have been held, experiencing deplorable human rights abuses and lack of medical treatment.
The raid, which was also reported on by Christian Solidarity Worldwide, was instigated even though no official summons had been issued, according to the source.
CSW’s Chief Operating Officer Scot Bower said in a statement: “We condemn in the strongest terms the excessive force used by the Iranian authorities during Pastor Nadarkhani’s arrest, and particularly deplore the unwarranted violence aimed at his son.”
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Source: Christian Post