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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  • "Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men."
    "And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ."

    ACTS 5:26-42
    » 26 † ¶ Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned.
    » 27 † And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,
    » 28 † Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.
    » 29 † Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
    » 30 † The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.
    » 31 † Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
    » 32 † And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
    » 33 † When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.
    » 34 † Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;
    » 35 † And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men.
    » 36 † For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought.
    » 37 † After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.
    » 38 † And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:
    » 39 † But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.
    » 40 † And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
    » 41 † And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
    » 42 † And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

  • Holding them in prayer. He is our strength and our shield. May your army of angels camp around these men, night and day. Fill them with your peace and your comfort. Keep them safe. In Jesus name we pray.

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