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ICC Note:

Today, four Iranian Christians are expected to appear at an appeal hearing where their lawyer will contest their 10-year
prison sentences. The verdict was received on July 6th and was issued following chargers of “propagating house churches and promoting Zionist Christianity.” Two of the men, Yousef and Omidi, have also been sentenced to 2 years in exile at remote locations in the south of Iran. Three of the men—Yasser, Saheb, and Mohammadreza—were charged in a separate court case with the consumption of alcohol during communion. They were sentenced to 80 lashes apiece and are still waiting for the outcome of their appeal. The severity of their sentences are alarming, but sadly not surprising given the brutal hostility of the Iranian regime against Christianity. As converts, their lives and that of their families are in constant danger.

10/04/2017 Iran
(Middle East Concern) – Iranian Christians request prayer for Christian converts Yousef Nadarkhani, Mohammadreza Omidi, Yasser Mossayebzadeh and Saheb Fadaie. Their lawyer has received notice that an appeal hearing will be held at 36th Branch of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran on Wednesday, 4th October 2017.

Their lawyer has appealed the 10-year prison sentences the three received for propagating house churches and promoting “Zionist Christianity”. The verdict was dated 24th June but was received on 6th July.

Yousef and Mohammadreza have also been sentenced to 2 years’ exile; Yousef in Nik Shahr and Mohammadreza in Borazjan. Both of these locations are in the south of the country, far away from their families in Rasht.

As they were taking communion at the time of their arrest, on 13th May, 2016, Yasser, Saheb and Mohammadreza were in a separate court case charged with consumption of alcohol. On 10th September, 2016, they were sentenced to 80 lashes each. Their appeal against this sentence remains outstanding.

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