In July 2021, Fariba Dalir (51), was arrested along with five other Christian converts, including her fiance Soroush.
While awaiting trial, all six believers were released on bail. Fariba was released on November 18th, and the others in October. While out on bail, Fariba and Soroush were married.
On December 4th, 2021, the courts convicted Fariba to five years in prison for “acting against national security by establishing and leading an Evangelical Christian church”. Soroush and three others were sentenced to ten months in prison for their membership with the church. Fariba’s sentence was later reduced to two years, and the others were released with a fine due to the prison time they had by then already served.
On April 16 2022, Fariba turned herself in to the authorities at Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison to begin her two-year sentence.
She is due to be released in April 2024.
Saadat Abad Tehran Islamic Republic of Iran