An Iranian Christian has been released from prison after a three-and-a-half-year sentence for “propaganda against the regime” and “acting against national security”.
Alireza Seyyedian, a Church of Iran member, was originally sentenced to six years’ imprisonment, 90 lashes and a fine, but his sentence was reduced in May 2013.
After his initial sentencing in March 2012, he attempted to flee across the Turkish border, but was caught and imprisoned.
Harsh conditions took their toll on Alireza’s health, with reports of him suffering insomnia, depression and stress related symptoms.
Around 90 Iranian Christians are still in prison.
Sources: World Watch Monitor, The Voice of the Martyrs USA, Middle East Concern
Many people sent letters of encouragement to Alireza during his time in prison. To write to other Christians imprisoned for their faith, please visit www.vom.com.au/write-prisoners/
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