Iranian Christians request prayer for convert Ebrahim Firouzi, who has been conditionally released after 19 days in detention.
On 8 February Ebrahim (34) appeared in court to respond to allegations of “propaganda against the Islamic Republic in favour of hostile groups,” relating to his claims of harassment by Iranian Intelligence (MOIS). Unable to post bail of 50 million tomans (about US$1650), Ebrahim was transferred to Chabahar prison in south-east Iran.
While in prison Ebrahim began a hunger strike to protest the charges, but was persuaded to end the action after receiving assurances his case would be dealt with promptly and that he would be released.
On 27 February Ebrahim’s release was secured when his family posted bail.
Ebrahim has been arrested multiple times, spending more than six years in prison on various charges, including “propaganda against the Islamic Republic,” “launching and directing evangelism,” “running a Christian website,” “actions against national security,” “being present at an illegal gathering” and “collusion with foreign entities.”
Iranian Christians are grateful that Ebrahim has been released but request prayer that:
- Ebrahim will be strengthened and encouraged after this most recent time in prison.
- The charges against Ebrahim will be dropped.
- MOIS will stop the harassment of Ebrahim and his family members.
- Iranian authorities will uphold the religious freedom of minorities, including Christian converts.