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On 8 February 2012 eight believers were arrested in coordinated raids by security agents in Shiraz. Three (Nima, Sharifa and Masoud) were released on bail in March 2012, a fourth (Fariba) was released in October 2012, a fifth (Korosh) in May 2014 and a sixth (Homayoun) in November 2014.

We are pleased to report that a seventh, Vahid Hakkani, was released from Adel-Abad Prison in Shiraz on Monday 26 January 2015. Vahid went on hunger strike at least twice during 2014 to protest against rejection by judicial authorities of his appeal for conditional release. His family and friends had been concerned about the condition of his health.

While Iranian Christians rejoice at Vahid’s release, they request prayer for Homayoun who has had his bail conditions cancelled. He has been returned to prison to complete his sentence of 3 years and 8 months, with an additional suspended sentence of 8 months. He was charged with attending a house church, spreading Christianity, having contact with foreign ministries, propaganda against the regime and disrupting national security.

Of the eight who were originally arrested in 2012, two now remain in detention: Homayoun and Motjaba.

Source: Middle East Concern

Prayer Points

  • Please pray that Vahid will know God’s strength and love as he recovers from his imprisonment.
  • Commit to the Lord Homayoun and Motjaba, together with all others detained in Iran for their Christian faith or activities; may they will know the Lord’s strength and support during their detention.
  • Pray all prisoners in Iran will be treated with respect and dignity as beings created in the image of God.