CHINA: Pastor Wang Yi Sentenced to Nine Years
  • 09 January 2020

In what is believed to be the longest sentence against a house church leader in more than a decade, Pastor Wang Yi of the Early Rain Covenant Church was sentenced to nine years in prison for “inciting to subvert state power” and “illegal business operations”. The charges for business operations relate to the printing and […]

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IRAN: Nine Christians Sentenced to Five Year Imprisonment
  • 24 October 2019

Earlier this week, nine Iranian Christians were sentenced to five years in prison for “acting against national security” for their participation in a home church in Rasht. Pastor Matthias Haghnejad, Khalil Dehkanpour, Hossein (Elisha) Kadivar, Kamal Naamanian, Mohammed Vafada, Shahrooz Eslamdous, Babak Hosseinzadeh, Mehdi Khatibi and Behnam Akhlaghi were accused at their preliminary hearings of “acting […]

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IRAN: Upcoming Appeal Hearing
  • 29 August 2019

Iranian Christians request prayer for an upcoming appeal hearing, scheduled for 3 September, at which the sentences given to six Iranian Christian believers will be reviewed. The hearing will combine three long-standing and related cases. The first case involves Assyrian Pastor Victor bet Tamraz and Persian Christian converts Amin Nader Afshari and Kavian Fallah Mohammadi, […]

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INDONESIA: Prison Sentences for Church Bombings
  • 18 April 2019

A married couple has been convicted and sentenced for their part in the bombing of three churches in Surabaya in May 2018. Agus Satrio Widodo received a sentence of eight years, and his wife Damayanti received 40 months after a court found them guilty of “aiding criminal acts of terrorism,” as well as criminal conspiracy. […]

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EGYPT: Facebook Post Leads to Imprisonment
  • 19 December 2018

An Egyptian court has sentenced a Coptic Christian to three years in prison after he was found guilty of “insulting Islam in the first degree”. Abdo Adel Bebawy, 43, was accused in July of publishing a post on his Facebook page that insulted Islam. In his post, Adel had compared Islam’s prophet, Muhammad, with Jesus. […]

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