Iranian Christians ask for prayer after an appeal verdict for three Christian converts from Rasht who were serving ten-year sentences.

The sentences against Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, and Zaman (Saheb) Fadaie have been reduced to six years. Mohammadreza (Yuhan) Omidi’s sentence has been reduced to two years and he is expected to be eligible for release in July. The decision regarding the fourth church member, Yasser Mossayebzadeh, who was arrested and convicted at the same time, is not known.

Pastor Yousef was arrested with his wife Tina, as well as Saheb, Yuhan and Yasser in Rasht in 2016. Following a June 2017 hearing each of the four men was given a ten-year prison sentence for “acting against the national security through propagating house churches and promoting Zionist Christianity.”  Yousef and Yuhan were also sentenced to two years’ internal exile in the south of the country.

An initial appeal in May 2018 upheld the sentences, but a further review took place in May 2020 and as announced on Monday, reduced the sentences. It is reported that legal avenues for a further appeal are being explored.

Friends of the Christian converts are delighted that Yuhan is likely to be released soon and although pleased that Yousef and Saheb’s sentences have been reduced, wish that they had been acquitted of all charges related to the peaceful exercise of their faith.

Source: Middle East Concern

  • Thank God for this positive development and pray the reduction in sentences will provide encouragement to the men and their families.
  • Pray that further review would be possible to overturn the sentences completely.
  • Ask God to use this development as a witness to the faith of these man and the Gospel for which they are imprisoned.

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Lord Jesus Christ we praise you for the sacrifice you made to bring us to God, and we thank you for the gift of your Spirit whom you poured out on your people following your ascension where you now sit at the Father’s right hand. We give thanks for the faith and life of Pastor Yousef, Saheb, Yuhan and Yasser your servants in Iran and thank you for the reduction and adjustments to their sentences. We ask that further reviews may be found to appeal again. We ask also that all this might be for your glory and that the… Read more »