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IRAN: Christian Convert Loses Appeal

An Iranian convert to Christianity has had his 10-year prison sentence upheld after losing his appeal.

Naser Navard Gol-Tapeh was sentenced in May alongside three Azerbaijanis, Eldar Gurbanov, Yusif Farhadov and Bahram Nasibov, each were given 10-year sentences for “missionary activities” and “actions against national security” in Iran.

The four men were arrested in June 2016 after security agents raided a wedding party in Tehran. They spent four months in prison, but were then released on bail, after which the Azerbaijanis travelled home.

The three Azerbaijanis were allowed to leave Iran in November 2016 and are unlikely to be forced to return, despite their representatives failing to overturn their verdicts during the 12 November hearing.

Since May, 21 Christians have been sentenced to long prison terms in Iran, according to advocacy group Article 18.

Source: World Watch Monitor

  • Ask the Lord to minister to Naser and his family during this time of great trial; may they not despair but trust in the Lord above all things.
  • Ask the Lord to provide Naser and the other believers in prison with the physical and spiritual strength they need. May they be used by the Lord to be His witnesses to their fellow prisoners and guards.
  • Thank the Lord for the faithfulness of the Iranian church and the considerable church growth in this nation.
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