Pastor Vahik Abrahamian and his wife Sonia Keshish-Avanesian were with their friends, Arash Kermanjani and his wife Arezo Teymouri, when all four were detained on September 4, 2010.
For the first 40 days, they were held in solitary confinement and reportedly suffered physical abuse and psychological pressure. Pastor Vahik’s wife Sonia, who was pregnant when she was arrested, is said to have suffered a miscarriage – her fourth.
The two couples, who are close friends, were arrested at the Abrahamians’ home in Hamadan, west Iran, and taken initially to the Ministry of Islamic Guidance prison.
The couples, who are now being held in Hamadan prison, have been accused of various offenses, including propagating Christianity, opposing the Islamic Republic of Iran, and having contact with exiled opposition figures.
Release contacts have expressed concern about the couples’ well-being – and about their prospects for justice.
Source: Release contacts