Suroush Saraie was released from Adel Abad Prison in Shiraz on 11 November. It is now known that fellow prisoners Mehdi Ameruni, Seyed Bijan Farokhpour Haghigi and Eskander Rezai have also been set free.
Officially, they have been granted temporary leave from prison. However, they have been led to believe that they will not be summoned to return to prison. Official confirmation that this is the case is still awaited.
Mohammad (Vahid) Roghangir, Suroush Saraie, Mehdi Ameruni, Massoud Rezai, Seyed Bijan Farokhpour Haghigi and Eskander Rezai were arrested when a prayer meeting in Shiraz was raided on 12 October 2012 as part of a campaign of intimidation by Iranian authorities against Christians and other religious minorities. Following the rejection of an appeal against their sentences of between 1 and 3 years on charges of “action against national security” and “propaganda against the order of the system,” they were summoned to prison in 2014. Those arrested are affiliated with the self-styled Church of Iran network.
Of those originally arrested at the prayer meeting only Mohammad, the leader of the house church, and Massoud remain in prison.
Their family members and friends rejoice at the release of these believers. However, former prisoners often continue to experience hardship. In some cases, released prisoners have been pressurised by security officials to become informers. Many former prisoners suffer psychological trauma and struggle to find employment.
Source: Middle East Concern
- Please pray the released prisoners will quickly recover from their ordeal and that they and their families will be strengthened in the Lord as they adapt to normal family life.
- Pray those who remain in prison, including Mohammad and Massoud, will be strengthened by the Lord and soon released.
- Pray Christians in prison in Iran may be used by the Lord to act as effective witnesses for the Gospel and many will be brought into Christ’s kingdom.