Monday, December 3, 2012

Prisoner of faith: Alireza Seyyedian

Alireza Seyyedian is a 37-year-old former Muslim who has been a Christian since 2006. Last year, security forces confiscated his computer during a raid on his apartment. Authorities then discovered video of Alireza’s baptism in Turkey on the computer. In December 2011 he was sentenced to six years in prison, for crimes against national security and propaganda against the regime.

The judge stated that since Alireza was baptized in Turkey, he was trying to express the lack of freedom in Iran and was therefore was propagating against the regime. He was also accused of holding regular meetings with former Muslims and distributing Bibles among youth. They also said he had communication with Zionist satellite TV channels such as Mohabat TV and Radio Mojde and shared worship hymns he had written with them. The verdict also falsely accused him of being a member of the Jesus Only cult.

On March 14, 2012, Alireza was caught seeking to flee Iran for Turkey. He was arrested and transported back to Tehran where he was imprisoned in Evin prison. He was put in Section 350 of the prison, which is where political prisoners are held. That part of the prison is run by VEVAK, the intelligence service that reports to Ayatollah Khameini and is beyond the control of Iran’s prison authorities. According to one report, the conditions of this section of the prison are unsanitary, and each cell is overcrowded with around 30 political prisoners.

Please write a letter to Alireza, reminding him that Christians around the world are concerned about his situation and are praying for him.

Mail your letters to:

Alireza Seyyedian
Evin Prison
Saadat Abad
Tehran
Islamic Republic of Iran

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. For more information on letter writing, click here. To create a letter using phrases in Alireza’s own language, please visit www.PrisonerAlert.com.

3 comments:

  1. I can't imagine what you must being going through, but I trust our heavenly Father that you will have a secure place in heaven some day for your faith and standing strong for Christ our Savior.

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  2. Must I write in English? Because I don´t speak the Iranian languages. In fact, I am a Spanish native speaker.

    Blessings.

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  3. Maria,
    PrisonerAlert.com has a tool that will allow you to write in Alireza’s own language. Once it translates your text, you can print and mail the letter to Alireza. Hope that helps.
    Thanks for taking the time to write!

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