4-Month Prison Sentence Handed to Christian Convert

ICC Note: Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Court has sentenced Christian Convert Amir Saman Dashti to four months in prison on charges of Christian activities. Iran has cracked down on Christianity in recent weeks. The harsh Islamic regime views Christianity as a threat to national security, and often sends believers to its harshest prison (Evin). Despite this persecution, the church continues to grow.     

07/30/2018 Iran (Mohabat News) – “Amir Saman Dashti” was sentenced to four months in prison on charge of Christian activities, based on the verdict issued by the Islamic Revolutionary Court.

The court of this Christian convert was held and presided by Judge Ahmadzadeh on Monday, June 18, 2018, and his order was issued on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

On Friday, August 26, 2016, the police attacked a garden in Firuzkuh, near Tehran, and arrested 17 Christian citizens in the area, among them were “Ramil Bet Tamraz”, “Amin Afshar Naderi “, “Hadi Askari”, and “Amir Saman Dashti” and another Christian convert whose cases would be opened in court.

The court of Amir Saman Dashti and Ramiel Bet Tamraz (the son of priest Victor) was held at the same time and both of them were sentenced to 4 months in prison.

The Christian convert, “Amir Saman Dashti,” has spent 76 days after from his arrest in the 209th section of notorious Evin prison without charge; and finally was released temporarily on 200 million Tomans (around 5000 USD) bail.

According to informed sources, the four-month prison sentence for this Christian is not final decision and appeals court will hear his case.

Amir Saman Dashti told Mohabat News that “My case was different compared to that of the other people who were simultaneously arrested, such as spending in jail one month more, and the bail issued for me to be temporary released was 100 million Tomans (around 2500 USD) more than that for the others, indicating arbitrary decision of the judge.

Other reports also indicate that the number of detainees in the Firuzkuh Garden event was fifteen, among which seven cases would be opened in court. Of these seven, there were two women, one of whom was the wife of “Amir Saman Dashti”, and based on the order of the judiciary authorities in Firuzkuh, only five cases were sent to prosecutor’s office of Evin prison

Also, according to the previous reports, the police forces entered the Firuzkuh Garden, but informed sources told that intelligence or plain-clothed security forces were who arrested them.

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