Four Iranian Christians Receive Prison Sentences

Pastor Amin Khaki and Wife

Pastor Amin Khaki and Wife

Our sources from Iran are reporting that the verdict has been delivered for Pastor Amin Khaki, brother Daniel (Hossein) Barounzadeh, brother Mohammad Bahrami, and brother Rahman Bahmani. Attached you will find a copy of the verdicts delivered to them in the Farsi language. The verdict was issued by the Ahwaz Appellate Court branch 16.

If you remember, these believers were arrested during a picnic in Daniel-e Shoosh, in southern Iran. The secret police came to them in plain clothes with guns drawn, threatening, and even beating some in the group of believers.

The verdict is being upheld. Each has been sentenced to serve one year in prison, and they have been banned from holding or attending any church services for two years. They have appealed their verdict but were unable to provide anything that contradicted the first verdict so the judge determined that the verdict still stands.

Each of them have served time in prison prior to this, so the time they served will be subtracted from the total sentence. Pastor Amin Khaki was in prison for eleven months before, so he has one month remaining. However, he had a one year suspended sentence from a previous verdict, and since he was guilty of the same crime again, he will be required to serve that one year term. His total prison time will be 13 months. Brother Daniel and brother Rahman have already served 9 months in prison, so they have 3 months left to serve. Brother Mohammad has already served 8 months, so he has 4 months left.

They have not been called in to serve their prison time yet. Their attorney stated that fifteen days after he receives the official verdict they will be required to report to prison. This is not the official verdict that has been delivered, so they are still waiting. When I have more news I will send out an update.

Thank you all for your continued prayers concerning these brothers. Please pray that God would strengthen them and lead them in His perfect will.

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Brother Jason DeMars, is an author, preacher and a missionary that plants churches in the Middle East. He travels extensively to the Middle East, but resides full time in Crystal, Minnesota where he lives with his wife Amy and two daughters, Avery and Mina.
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