Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Blasphemy trial of 5 Iranian Christians postponed

The blasphemy trial of five members from the Church of Iran was adjourned yesterday due to a lack of evidence, reported Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

The trial of Pastor Behrouz Sadegh-Khandjani, Mehdi Furutan, Mohammad Beliad, Parviz Khalaj and Nazly Beliad was adjourned until April 12 in order to give the prosecution more time to gather evidence. Lawyers representing the five men have consistently maintained that there are no legal grounds for the blasphemy charges, and remain optimistic that the case will eventually be dismissed.

In an earlier trial at the Revolutionary Court in Shiraz, the five men were handed a one-year sentence for Crimes against the Islamic Order, which their legal team believes will also be withdrawn on appeal.

Please pray that all charges against these five Iranian Christians will be dropped. Pray, too, that God will give them strength and peace as well as encouragement to continue standing strong in their faith.

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