Iranian Christians request prayer for a convert whose 10-month prison sentence for “propaganda against the regime” was upheld by the court of appeal on 26 June.
Hamed was arrested in Karaj on 23 February 2019. Security agents then raided his home, confiscating Bibles, Christian literature and a computer. Hamed was detained for twelve days – 10 of which were in solitary confinement. During interrogation he was offered money to become an informant and was physically assaulted when he refused.
According to rights group Article Eighteen, Hamed was forced to undergo Islamic “re-education” classes, but after four sessions refused to attend more. Court proceedings were initiated against him.
On 7 March 2021 Hamed was summoned to Karaj Revolutionary Court to answer charges of “propaganda against the regime.” The prison sentence was announced on 12 April.
Hamed has been given ten days to present himself to Karaj Central Prison to begin his sentence.
Iranian Christians request prayer that:
- The Lord will strengthen and encourage Hamed as he waits to receive a summons to prison.
- Iranian authorities will stop violating international law by persecuting religious minorities peacefully practising their faith.