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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 (10:17 pm)

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

many Farsi-speaking churches have been closed down in Tehran and other cities across the country and pressure on Christian converts is increasing

Judge Ali Babaei said holding house church services was "a criminal act which spreads profligacy among youth and creates doubts in their minds about Islamic principles."

Judge Ali Babaei said holding house church services was “a criminal act which spreads profligacy among youth and creates doubts in their minds about Islamic principles.”

TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)– An Iranian court has sentenced a young evangelical Christian to one year imprisonment and two years exile to a remote border town for his involvement in evangelism and house churches, Iranian Christians told BosNewsLife Tuesday, August 20.

The Revolutionary Court in the city of Robat-Karim, some 27 kilometers (17 miles) southwest of Tehran, reportedly told Ebrahim Firouzi that his “Books (Bibles), and other means of evangelism taken from him, including his personal computer, which were used to commit this crime will be seized in favor of the government and destroyed.”

Judge Ali Babaei allegedly said the sentence was justified as Firouzi had been “propagating against the Islamic regime [by] starting and directing an evangelism group, contact with opponents of the Islamic Revolution and anti-Islamic regime networks in foreign countries”.

He added that Firouzi started a Christian website, distributed… Continue reading

Sunday, August 18, 2013 (2:14 pm)

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service with reporting by BosNewsLife’s Stefan J. Bos

In a published letter, smuggled out of prison, the pastor said he was “told falsely” that his wife “had been arrested” and that he needed to give his “children’s custody to someone for a temporary period of time.”

American Pastor Saeed Abedini has been detained in Iran.

American Pastor Saeed Abedini has been detained in Iran.

TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)– There was mounting concern Sunday, August 18, over the health situation of an Iranian-born American pastor and another evangelical leader who were among those sentenced to long prison terms in Tehran on charges that friends link to their Christian faith.

The Iranian family of detained American Pastor Saeed Abedini said in a statement that they were able to visit him in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison where they learned he has internal injuries that are causing him increased pain.

Some Christians said Pastor Saeed has been suffering from internal bleeding – as a result of intense beatings he sustained in prison for his faith in Christ.

In January, the 33-year-old married father of two was sentenced by a Tehran court to eight years imprisonment for “threatening the national security of Iran” through his… Continue reading

Saturday, August 10, 2013 (5:16 pm)

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

During interrogation, three Christians were allegedly beaten. Mohammad-Reza Pirri had to be hospitalized in prison’s hospital for four days.

TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)– Iranian authorities detained and mistreated three Christian converts amid a wider crackdown on what the country’s Islamic leadership calls “evangelical and extremist” Christians, activists said Saturday, August 10.

Farshid Modares-Aval, Mohammad-Reza Pirri, and Yashar Farzin-No, were reportedly captured July 20 in raids by security authorities in the northern city of Tabriz.

The three Christian men were transferred to the Ministry of Intelligence’s detention center in Tabriz prison where they remained Saturday, August 10, Iranian activists said.

During the interrogation, the three Christians were allegedly beaten. “This was so brutal in the case of Mohammad-Reza Pirri that he had to be hospitalized in prison’s hospital for four days,” said Mohabat News, an agency of Iranian Christians and activists.

Security forces reportedly also searched the homes of the Christian detainees, seizing several personal belongings.

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Officials have so far declined to reveal the reasons for the arrests to their families, Christians familiar with the case said. Authorities allegedly told… Continue reading

Iranian Christian Mohammad-Hadi (Mostafa) Bordbar has been sentenced to 10 years imrisonment for his faith, activists say.

Iranian Christian Mohammad-Hadi (Mostafa) Bordbar has been sentenced to 10 years imrisonment for his faith, activists say.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 (9:45 am)

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service with additional reporting by BosNewsLife’s Stefan J. Bos

TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)– An Iranian Christian convert has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on what his supporters say are false charges linked to his evangelical church activities, local activist said Tuesday, August 6.

Mohammad-Hadi (Mostafa) Bordbar, a 27-year-old resident of the city of Rasht, was “tried by Judge Pir-Abbasi on the morning of June 9, 2013 in branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran,” amid a wider government crackdown on spreading Christianity in Iran said Mohabat News, an agency of Iranian Christian and activists.

Bordbar, who has been detained since December 27, 2012, received a five-year jail sentence for “membership of an anti-security organization” and an additional five years for “gathering with the intent to commit crimes against Iranian national security,” according to published court documents.

The court reportedly said that Bordbar was involved in “Christian evangelical activities” and “Zionism” aimed at undermining the Islamic leadership of the country through establishing “evangelical ministries and organizations and holding underground worship meetings.”… Continue reading