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Iran: Convert from Islam jailed for 10 years

Friday, August 16, 2013 (3:58 am)
Posted in: Christian Persecution, Christian Persecution - Middle East, Iran

By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

iran-christianTEHRAN, IRAN (Worthy News)– A convert from Islam has been sentenced to ten years in jail for distributing 12,000 pocket-sized Gospels in the Islamic Republic of Iran, according to BarnabasAid.

Mohammad-Hadi Bordbar was convicted of membership in an "anti-security organization" and of having the intent to commit crimes against Iranian national security; he was sentenced to five years for each offence. His lawyer is appealing both Bordbar's conviction and sentence on the grounds that the two charges are essentially the same, thereby punishing his client twice for one and the same "crime".

However, national security charges are often pretexts used by Iranian authorities against Muslim converts to Christianity; Bordbar was convicted for his confession in court that he had left Islam and that he considered distributing the Gospel as his Christian duty.

Court documents referred to Bordbar's baptism and leadership of house church gatherings, his translation and dubbing of Christian films into Farsi and the discovery of thousands of Gospels and other Christian books and CDs in his home.

Bordbar was arrested in a raid on a house church in Tehran in 2012 when 15 plain-clothes security officers held 50 converts for hours as they were subjected to intense interrogation, according to BarnabasAid. Bordbar was initially arrested in 2009 for converting to Christianity; he was found guilty of apostasy, but was freed on bail.

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    Just making it worse for real Christians. The problem the Iranian regime has is that it affords additional rights to members of select religious minorities, such as Christians. What some Muslims in Iran are doing now is "converting" to Christianity just so they would also be granted those additional rights, and not be forced to adhere to the local Islamic code in its entirety. The regime has noticed this abuse, and has had concerns about it for a while. There have even been talks of illegalizing apostasy.

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