Mohammad Roghangir and Suroush Saraie were arrested on Saturday 5 July in Bandar Azali in northern Iran. It is believed that they have been taken to Shiraz prison in order to serve sentences handed down in July 2013.
On 12 October 2012 seven believers were arrested in a raid on a prayer meeting in Shiraz. Mohammad and Suroush were among them. Although they were released from detention on 19 March 2013, they were then tried on 16 July 2013. Mohammad was sentenced to six years in prison and Suroush received two and half years. They remained at liberty pending an appeal which was subsequently rejected.
The leader of an associated fellowship, Abdolreza Haghnejad (also known as Matthias), was also arrested on 5 July. Security officials raided his home in Rasht and confiscated Christian materials, including Bibles. He has yet to be charged.
Source: Middle East Concern
- Pray Mohammad, Suroush, Abdolreza and their loved ones will experience the Lord’s sustaining and strengthening presence during this time.
- Pray that God will provide opportunities for all Iranian Christians in prison to clearly share the Gospel with fellow prisoners and guards (Colossians 4:2-3).
- Pray against the government’s campaign to stop the spread of Christianity.