Worthy Christian News » Christian Persecution » Christian Persecution - Middle East » Iran » Eight converts sentenced in Iran for 'National Security' violations

christian news

Worthy Christian News » Christian Persecution » Christian Persecution - Middle East » Iran » Eight converts sentenced in Iran for 'National Security' violations


By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

iran flagTEHRAN, IRAN (Worthy News)– Eight Iranian Christians received long sentences Tuesday after being convicted of "action against the national security," a bogus charge often used against Muslim converts to Christianity, according to Morning Star News.

However, Iranian Christian leaders denied that they or their church had any involvement in subversive activity.

"While individual Christians are entitled to hold political opinions, the church does not. These charges are entirely without foundation … However, as loyal citizens we will continue to pray for our leaders and for peace and reconciliation in our nation," said the National Council of the Church of Iran in a recently released statement.

All eight members of the Church of Iran were sentenced in Shiraz: Mohammad Roghangir was sentenced to six years; Massoud Rezaie, five years; Mehdi Ameruni and Bijan Farokhpour Haghighi, three years each; Shahin Lahooti and Suroush Saraie, two-and-half years each and Eskandar Rezaie and Roxana Forughi to one year each in prison.

Most of the converts were arrested during a raid of an evening prayer service last October and all were detained at Plaque 100, the Iranian Intelligence Ministry’s detention center; they were only released after paying exorbitant bail amounts — between $80,000 and $200,000 (USD) — that caused financial hardships to their families and fellow congregants.

As Iran is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that protects the freedom of belief for all religious minorities, Christian Solidarity Worldwide Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas called for the unconditional release of the eight converts.

"It is both disappointing and deplorable that the Iranian regime persists in detaining religious minorities on political charges, as has occurred once again in this case," Thomas said in a press release. "These Christians in no way constitute a threat to the state."

CSW Press Officer Kiri Kankhwende told Morning Star News that it was not uncommon for theocratic states to subject religious minorities to political charges since their beliefs are considered a threat to its status quo.

Copyright 1999-2015 Worthy News. All rights reserved.

Fair Use Notice:This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

No Comment

Leave a Reply

What is Worthy News?

Worthy News is an independent Christian news agency which reports news not covered by other outlets, on key developments in a rapidly changing world. Worthy News reaches both Christians and non-Christians around the globe and strives to be balanced and make a difference in these strategic times.

Worthy News. Reliable-Trustworthy-Cutting Edge

Recommended Links

  • Watchmen in the Wilderness

    • Reader Question: Where do you get that Sept. 23, 2015 is Jubilee (of Jerusalem)?
      First of all, it is important to know that God is not working on our Gregorian calendar but He is rather fulfilling His Word according to the calendar that He established, which is a 360 […]
    • Are you looking back? Remember Lot's Wife!
      As this shocking Supreme Court decision on Gay marriage settles into the nation, I'm reminded of the passage in Luke where Yeshua (Jesus) told us one of the final signs of His return. He said it […]
    • Supreme Court: Not One but THREE Strikes!
      Most are aware of the recent decision by the Supreme Court on the issue of same-sex marriage, but many may not realize that this was only one of the history-making decisions reached this session. This past month, […]
    • The Water Breaking Moment?
      In Matthew 24, Yeshua (Jesus) makes an interesting correlation between the end of the age and a woman giving birth. [Matthew 24:8]. As the birth of a baby draws near, the birth pangs intensify, and […]
    • Prophetic Calendar for 2015
      As requested by many and after much prayer and research, I have compiled a list of significant events over which we must be praying in the coming months. The post Prophetic Calendar for 2015 appeared […]
  • Editor’s Picks


  • 1999-2015 Worthy Christian News » Eight converts sentenced in Iran for 'National Security' violations