Iranian Pastor’s Wife Appeals Imprisonment
ICC Note: Today, the wife of imprisoned Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz is scheduled to appear in court to appeal her sentence of five years in jail. Like most Iranian Christians, her charges include an accusation of acting against national security. However, it also includes a more unusual charge of attending seminary abroad. Her appeal comes as human rights groups warn that the sentencing of Iranian Christians have become longer and more harsh in recent years.
05/09/2018 Iran (Middle East Concern) – Iranian Christians request prayer for an appeal hearing for Assyrian Christian Shamiram Isavi Khabizeh, wife of pastor Victor Bet Tamraz, on 9 May.
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’s husband, Pastor Victor, was sentenced on 4 July 2017 to ten years’ imprisonment for acting against national security. Together with pastor Victor, three Christian converts, Amin Afshar Naderi, Kavian Fallah Mohammadi and Hadi Asgari also received prison sentences of between ten and fifteen years for similar “offences”. Their sentences are under appeal after a preliminary hearing on 25 April.
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