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Five Christians Arrested at Prayer Service Facing Trial with Political Charges
ICC Note: Five Iranian Christians will appear in court March 10 on charges of proselytizing and acting against national security, among other, the Christian Post reports.  “Once again Iranian Christians face charges couched in political terms that in reality stem from their choice of faith and desire to exercise the right to worship in community with others,” said Andrew Johnston, advocacy director for Christian Solidarity Worldwide.
By Katherine Weber
3/7/2013 Iran (Christian Post) – Recent reports indicate that five Christian members of the Church of Iran will soon be going on trial for their religion, facing multiple charges which include threatening national security and evangelism.
The five imprisoned men, Mohammad Roghangir, Surush Saraie, Eskandar Rezaie, Shahin Lahooti and Massoud Rezaie have been detained since October 2012, and are facing charges of disturbing public order, evangelizing, action against national security and an internet activity against the system, according to religious persecution watchdog group Christian Solidarity Worldwide.
The trial for the five men will begin at the Revolutionary Court in Shiraz, located in the Fars Province, on March 10.
As Andrew Johnston, Christian Solidarity Worldwide’s advocacy director said in a recent statement, the charges of these five men have been cloaked in political terms, although it is evident that they are being persecuted for their Christian faith.

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