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