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Iran: More Converts To Christianity Sentenced To Prison For Promoting The Faith Of Christ


Mohabat News – “The initial trial of an AOG church pastor and three ministers of the church was held, while other Christian believers in other cities of Iran await their trial.

According to « Mohabat News » reporters, court session for four Christian converts was held in Ahwaz.

The official trial of four Christian converts was held on October 15, 2012 at Branch 2 of the Revolutionary Court in Ahwaz. The court was chaired by the judge Seyyed Mohammad Bagher Mousavi.

The four Christians who had been arrested on December 23, 2011 are: the pastor of the AOG church of Ahwaz, Farhad Sabokrouh and his wife, Shahnaz Jeizan together with two other church ministers, Naser Zamen Dezfuli and Davoud Alijani (Also known as David).

The reports received at Mohabat News indicate that in the first day of the trial, referring to the article 500 of the Islamic penal codes the judge announced these four Christian converts guilty and sentenced each of them to one year in prison, totally four years for all.

The Revolutionary Court announced their charges as ‘Converting to Christianity, inviting Muslims to convert, as well as propagating against the Islamic regime through promoting Evangelical Christianity’.

The article 500 of the Islamic penal code mentions, ‘Anyone who propagates against the Islamic Republic or in interest of groups and organizations opposing the Islamic regime in any ways may be sentenced to three months to one year in prison.’

Also, the two-page petition issued by the court says that the belongings of these Christians that are referred to as ‘the means of committing crime’ may be confiscated.

It is worthy to mention that as part of searching these Christians’ homes, security authorities confiscated their personal belongings including their computers, books, cellphones, DVDs as well as sound equipment and music instruments used at the church.” Read more.

Flashback: Iran: Islamic Republic Refusing Business License For Convert To Christianity, Orders Businesses Not To Employ Christians – “Iranian authorities refuse to allow a young man to start his own company because he converted to Christianity and was previously detained on charges of ‘apostasy’, or ‘abandoning Islam’, Iranian Christians said Saturday, July 14… Iranian Christians said the move is part if a wider government crackdown on non-Islamic minority groups, especially Christian converts, in society. At least dozens of Christians are known to have been detained in the country. Outside prison, government offices are reportedly ordered not to employ Christians and Christians have been deprived from high school or university education, or running their own schools…” Read more.

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