Christian convert Nasser Navard Goltapeh, 59, is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence.
Nasser was arrested in June 2016 at a private gathering in Tehran, along with three foreign visitors. They were held in solitary confinement in Evin Prison for two months, enduring intense interrogation. In 2017 they were sentenced to 10 years in prison (the foreign defendants in absentia) for
Source: Middle East Concern
action against national security and establishing house churches.
The verdict was upheld on appeal. Nasser started serving his sentence in January 2018. After serving a third of the sentence, Nasser requested conditional release and received assurances this would be granted. However, on 22 June Nasser received a letter from the prosecutor’s office denying him parole. No reason was given for the refusal.
Nasser is understandably disappointed, but after a month he is eligible to make another application.
Let us pray.
- Pray for the opportunity to submit a new application for parole. Ask that it may be favourably received, and permission granted.
- Ask God to give Nasser His peace during this difficult time and encourage him in his disappointment.
- Praise God for the growth of the church in Iran. Ask God to strengthen His children as they encourage one another in the faith.