Four Iranian Christian Leaders Each Sentenced to One Year in Prison
Religion TodayReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2012 Nov 02
An Iranian Assembly of God pastor, his wife and two other church ministers have each been sentenced to a year in prison for preaching Christianity, ASSIST News Service reports. The four Christians, who were arrested in a church raid on Dec. 23, 2011, had their trial Oct. 15, 2012, at Branch 2 of the Revolutionary Court in Ahwaz. The Revolutionary Court said their charges were "converting to Christianity, inviting Muslims to convert, as well as propagating against the Islamic regime through promoting evangelical Christianity." When the Christians' homes were searched, security authorities confiscated a number of personal items, including their computers, books, cell phones and DVDs, as well as sound equipment and musical instruments used at their church. The Christians have an opportunity to appeal the sentencing, but the verdict issued by that court will be final.