After three years in Adel-Abad prison in Shiraz, Iran, Christian convert from Islam Vahid Hakkani was finally released on 26 January, but only on the condition that he sign a disclaimer stating that he would have no further involvement in Christian-related activities and that he would not attend house-church or Christian meetings.
Arrested on 8 February 2012, Mr Hakkani was one of nine Christian converts discovered in a house-church raid in Shiraz. Most of those arrested that day were released after 36 days, but Mr Hakkani and three others were each found guilty of attending a house-church, evangelism, contact with foreign Christian organisations, propaganda against the Islamic regime and threatening national security.
According to Mohabat News, each of the four men was sentenced to three years and eight months in prison. Mohammed-Reza Partoei and Homayoun Shokouhi were among those arrested and were later granted conditional release in May and November respectively last year. Mojtaba Seyyed-Alaedin Hossein is still in prison despite the persistent efforts of his family to obtain his release.