Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Church leader's prison sentence extended by five years in Iran

Behnam Irani's prison sentence has been extended.
Please pray for him. (Photo: Mohabat News)
The prison sentence of Behnam Irani, an Iranian church leader, has been extended by five years, reports Mohabat News. The extension of his sentence was issued on October 18, three days before his scheduled release from prison.

In April 2010, a Behnam Irani was arrested following a raid on his home in Karaj where approximately 10 young men newly converted to Christianity had gathered for fellowship and Bible study. Officers later entered his home and confiscated most of his personal belongings, including pictures, cameras, computers, Bibles, and other Christian literature (for more information, click here). He was eventually sentenced to one year imprisonment for “propaganda against the regime.”

According to local sources, there is concern that Behnam may be charged with apostasy.

Please pray!
  • Pray that Behnam will remain strong in his faith.
  • Pray that he will have opportunity to share the gospel with others.
  • Pray that this ruling will be reversed and that he will be freed from prison.
  • Pray for other Iranian Christians facing imprisonment for their faith in Christ.
For more information on Iran's persecuted Church, please visit the Iran Country Report.

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