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Four Iranian Christians are preparing to appeal recent prison sentences, according to Middle Eastern Concern. One of these four was recently sentenced at the beginning of the year, while the others were sentenced last year. Each face the serious charge of acting against national security; two of these Christians report that they have been under intense pressure to convert back to Islam. Originally, their appeal hearing was scheduled last month but it is anticipated that the hearing will be rescheduled in the coming days. If their appeals fail, they face years of imprisonment for no other reason than their faith.

 

01/11/2018 Iran (MEC) –   Iranian Christians request prayer for Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz, his wife Shamiram Isavi Khabizeh, Amin Afshar Naderi and Hadi Asgari as they prepare to appeal recent prison sentences.

On 6 January, Shamiram was sentenced to five years imprisonment by Judge Ahmadzade of Tehran Revolutionary Court for acting against national security and acting against the regime by organising small groups, attending a seminary abroad and training church leaders and pastors to act as spies. Shamiram is appealing the decision.

Shamiram’s husband, Pastor Victor, is also appealing his sentence of ten years imprisonment for acting against national security. He was sentenced on 4 July 2017.

Amin Afshar Naderi was sentenced to fifteen years’ imprisonment and Hadi Asgari to ten years’ imprisonment for acting against national security. Amin was released on bail on 25 July 2017, but Hadi was refused bail by the Court of Appeal and remains detained in Evin prison, Tehran. They have both been under intense pressure to convert back to Islam, but remain firm in their faith. An appeal hearing scheduled for December 2017 was postponed. It is expected that this hearing will be rescheduled soon.

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