Iranian Christians request prayer for converts Amin Khaki, Milad Goodarzi and Alireza Nourmohammadi who have been charged with “propaganda that educates in a deviant way contrary to the holy religion of Islam.”
On 5 May, a summons was issued to Amin, Milad and Alireza, charging them under Article 500, recently amended with provisions that include heavy punishments (two to five years in prison) for anyone who commits “any deviant educational or proselytising activity that contradicts or interferes with the sacred law of Islam.”
Source: Middle East Concern
Amin, Milad and Alireza were each released on bail and told they must report weekly to the intelligence branch of Iran’s police force for the next six months.
Other Christians whose homes had been raided in November have also been threatened with imprisonment and other possible punishments, such as employment restrictions.
In that raid on 11 November on the homes of converts in Fardis (near Karaj), intelligence agents confiscated Bibles, mobile phones and computers. No one was arrested.
The harassment continued in January and February when the Christians were threatened with long prison sentences and told it would be better if they fled the country. Asked to provide commitments refraining from Christian activities, they all refused to comply.
When provisions to Articles 499 and 500 were first proposed in 2020, it was feared the legislation could be used to further restrict the freedoms of religious minorities and criminalise their activities, including those online.
The legislation was passed by parliament on 13 January to become effective from 5 March.
Let us pray.
- Pray that God will encourage and strengthen Amin, Milad, Alireza, their families and the other Christians affected by this campaign of intimidation.
- Pray these men will be well represented in court and that they will not be convicted of any crime.
- Praise God for the growing Iranian church. Uphold to the Lord the Iranian authorities.