An Iranian Christian who helped operate house churches was arrested several years ago for “acting against national security.” He received a 10-year prison sentence but received an additional 5-year sentence for blasphemy. In response to the sentence, Amin Afshar-Naderi wrote an open letter to the authorities asking why they arrested him because he had learned to pray and love. After serving some of his prison sentence, he threatened a hunger strike. Authorities eventually released him on bail but forced him to sign over approximately $80,000 USD worth of property deeds.
07/31/2017 Iran (Christianity Today) – An Iranian Christian who threatened to end his life by starving himself to death after he was sentenced to 15 years in jail has been released on bail.
Amin Afshar-Naderi wrote a powerful open letter to the authorities asking, ‘What have I done against you and our country that made you hate me this much? I have learned from the Bible to love my enemies and to pray for those who hate me. But what have you actually learned?’
He had to sign over property deeds worth US $80,000 to secure his release pending an appeal, according to World Watch Monitor.
He is said to be ‘very unwell’.
Afshar-Naderi was arrested with three other men for ‘acting against national security by organizing and conducting house-churches’ and received 10-year sentences; Afshar-Naderi received an extra five years for ‘blasphemy’. One of them, Hadi Asgari, remains in prison, through a convert, Kaviyan Fallah-Mohammadi, and their pastor, Victor Bet-Tamraz, are already out on bail.