Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Imprisoned Iranian Christian unable to post bail

Because a Christian prisoner’s family is unable to pay a $40,000 bond, he must remain in prison, reported Mohabat News this week.

Ebrahim Firoozi, 26, is a new believer from Robat Karim who was arrested by security forces on January 11. After several interrogations, he was transferred to Ghezel Hesar Prison, one of the largest prisons in the Middle East.

In his first court hearing on January 29, the young Christian was charged with evangelism, being in possession of bibles, having a relationship with external forces and apostasy.

A close friend of Ebrahim’s told Mohabat News that Ebrahim could not afford to obtain a lawyer. He said the judge told Ebrahim’s family that Ebrahim might be sentenced to death or serve life in prison because of the apostasy charge against him. The decision would be made in one month’s time. Ebrahim has since been transferred to Rajai Shahr Prison.

During a short phone call to one of his close friends, Ebrahim said he is going through a lot of interrogations that are being recorded and photographed.

Please pray for Ebrahim and his family. Pray Ebrahim will rest in the knowledge that the Good Shepherd walks with him through this difficult time (Psalm 23). Pray he will exemplify the love of God through consistent love and prayer for those who persecute him (Matthew 5:43-48).

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