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Tohar Haydarov was quietly released from prison in Uzbekistan on 8 November. He had served nearly seven years of his 10-year prison sentence and was released for good behaviour. He may face parole conditions, and authorities told him not to get in trouble or he would return to prison. Authorities had told him earlier this year that a parole in his case “would not happen.”

Tohar was imprisoned in 2010 for allegedly selling large qualities of drugs, although fellow church members say the charges were falsified, and he was accused only because of his Christian faith.

Fellow Christians told Forum 18 News, “We are thankful to everybody who prayed for him and sent letters to him while in prison.” They ask for continued prayer for him.

Tohar was one of the prisoners featured on VOM’s web site for Christian prisoners, Christians from all over the world wrote letters to him at the prison where he was held, and also wrote to Uzbek government leaders on his behalf.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

 Prayer Points

  • Give thanks to the Lord for this wonderful news for Tohar and his loved ones.
  • Pray the Lord will guide and strengthen Tohar as he adjusts to life outside of prison.
  • Pray the Holy Spirit will be at work in the hearts and mind of Tohar’s former prisoners and guards. Ask the Lord to give opportunities for Tohar to speak His testimony and use His witness for the Gospel.