February 29, 2012
A 78-year-old Christian woman was arrested in Esfahan, Iran, as Iranian authorities continue to crack down on the growth of the house church movement in many cities, International Christian Concern reports. Giti Hakimpour, a Christian minister, was arrested at 6 a.m. on Feb. 22 by security authorities in the apartment where she lived alone, then transferred to an unknown location. Sources said the intelligence officers initially interrogated her in her apartment, then arrested her and confiscated some of her personal belongings. No information is available concerning her whereabouts or health condition; she had not been in good health the night before her arrest and was using medication for a recent knee replacement surgery. Her doctor had ordered that she not be stressed and that she remain under special care. Her family and the Iranian Christian community are calling on authorities to release her and take measures to exonerate her of any charges.