Iran: two believers released from prison

Posted on 18th September 2013

 

Greetings in the name of Jesus

 

We are pleased to report that several political prisoners were released in Iran today (Wednesday 18th September), including two Christians.


Maryam and Mitra, both believers from Muslim backgrounds, were initially arrested on 24th December 2009, along with 13 other believers, in a raid on a house church Christmas celebration in Pakdasht, near Tehran. While most of the group were released within days, Maryam and Mitra were held until 17th March 2010. It is understood that Maryam was arrested again in April 2011, and that Mitra was also re-arrested at about that time. On 4th December 2011 they were convicted of "membership of an illegal group" and sentenced to two and a half years' imprisonment. Their release from Evin prison, Tehran, had been expected shortly as they were nearing the end of their sentences.


Among the other prisoners released were prominent opposition political figures and a human rights lawyer. The release of these prisoners comes as Iran's new President, Hassan Rouhani, prepares to attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York.


Iranian Christians rejoice that Maryam and Mitra have been released. They request our continued intercession, asking that:

a.      Maryam and Mitra will know the presence, peace and healing touch of Jesus following their detention

b.      They and their families will be able to resume normal life as far as possible

c.       They will know the Spirit's wisdom and guidance and the Father's provision and protection as they consider their future

d.      Others in Iran detained for their Christian faith and activities, or for other reasons of conscience, will be released soon

e.      All officials involved will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him.

 

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