London, Oct. 14 - A Christian couple were flogged in Iran for
participating in an “underground Church”, an Iranian Christian group
said in a report on its website earlier this week.
The unnamed couple were arrested on September 21, 2005, the report
said, adding that a Revolutionary Court reviewed their case in July
Even though the couple had decided to marry seven years ago, the
country’s marriage laws - which prohibit the union of ex-Muslims and
members of other religious minorities – prevented them from
obtaining a certificate of marriage.
The report said that the woman was born a Christian in an
Assyrian-Iranian family and the man was a convert to Christianity
prior to getting married.
The court ruled that both the man and the woman were Mortad, a
description of someone who has committed apostasy by leaving Islam.