An imprisoned Iranian convert to Christianity has spoken of the “mental torture” he has experienced since his arrest in December 2010.

Mohabat News reports that Farshid Fathi, who is serving a six-year jail term for being the “chief director of a foreign organisation in Iran and raising funds for [them]”, was told by prison guards his wife had been arrested and his father suffered a heart attack. Neither is true.

His wife and two children are safe in Canada, where they moved in February this year, after two years in Turkey.