Monday, May 7, 2012

Update on Youcef Nadarkhani & Behnam Irani

Youcef Nadarkhani
According to Present Truth Ministries, Youcef Nadarkhani is alive and is doing well by the grace of God. A written verdict has yet to be delivered regarding his September 2011 retrial. The Ayatollah has not responded to the local court’s request for his legal opinion. It is unlikely he will respond because, if he does, it will create a legal precedent, and he neither wants to compromise on core Islamic penal code nor does he want to face the certain international uproar and loss of face that comes with executing a Christian.

Behnam Irani
Meanwhile, Pastor Behnam Irani is in poor condition in Ghezal Hezar Prison in Karaj.  He is frequently beaten by prisoners under the watchful eye of prison officials.  Sources close to the family are concerned that he will die before the end of his five-year prison sentence.  He is having trouble with his eyesight and his foot.  He also has some sort of intestinal disorder.

Please remember these men in your prayers, and consider writing them letters of encouragement. 

Youcef Nadarkhani                                        Behnam Irani
Lakan Prison                                                Ghezel Hesar Prison
Rasht                                                           Karaj, Albourz State
Islamic Republic of Iran                                 Islamic Republic of Iran

You can also compile letters to Youcef and Behnam in their own language by visiting

Please note: When writing a letter, never mention the name of the source of your information or the name of any organization such as Voice of the Martyrs or Prisoner Alert. It is not dangerous for a prisoner to receive letters from individuals, but if an organization is mentioned they may be accused of links with “foreign organizations” and receive harsher sentences. Also, please do not state anything negative about their government.

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