Algeria: Convert released from prison

Algeria: Convert released from prison

Algerian Christians rejoice in the release of Hamid Soudad, a believer from a Muslim background, previously convicted of blasphemy, who received a presidential pardon on 5 July. Married with four children (ages 8, 6, 5 and 3 years-old), 45-year-old Hamid has been a...

read more
Iran: Prison sentence reduced on appeal

Iran: Prison sentence reduced on appeal

Iranian Christians are encouraged that the Tehran Court of Appeal has reduced the 10-year prison sentence against Armenian Iranian Joseph Shahbazian for "acting against national security through promoting Zionist Christianity" to two years’ imprisonment, but regret...

read more
Iran: Christian convert couple acquitted

Iran: Christian convert couple acquitted

Iranian Christians are delighted that Homayoun Zhaveh and his wife Sara Ahmadi have been acquitted following a review of their sentences. On 9 May the  Appeal Court in Tehran reviewed their prison sentences handed down in November 2020 and ordered their release....

read more
North Cyprus: Settlement in defamation case

North Cyprus: Settlement in defamation case

At Lefkoşa (North Nicosia) Administrative Court on 5 May, 2023, the judge called both lawyers into his chambers. He explained that having examined the case, his decision would probably be the same as the original demand from Ryan Keating; that the newspaper Kıbrıs...

read more
North Cyprus: Defamation trial to start soon

North Cyprus: Defamation trial to start soon

A defamation trial initiated by Ryan Keating against the Kıbrıs Postası newspaper will start on 5 May at Lefkoşa (North Nicosia) Administrative Court. Four more days have been scheduled for the following week if needed. At issue is  a defamatory article published...

read more
Iraq: Court of Appeal confirms Christian’s conviction

Iraq: Court of Appeal confirms Christian’s conviction

On 16 April 2023, the appeal court in Duhok confirmed the sentence of Jagarkhuin Abdulrahman Ismael, known as “Jagar,” issued by the lower court on 29 March 2023. Christians in Iraq ask for continued prayer for him, his family and his church. On 29 March, a court in...

read more
North Cyprus: Some charges withdrawn

North Cyprus: Some charges withdrawn

On 23 March the prosecutor in Iskele District Court withdrew charges against Ryan Keating of illegally importing literature which had followed a joint police and customs raid on his home in January 2021 where personal Bibles and Christian books were seized. However,...

read more
Iraq: Church leader faces blasphemy charges and threats

Iraq: Church leader faces blasphemy charges and threats

Christians in Iraq request prayer for a church leader, facing blasphemy charges and societal pressure, after social media comments deemed insulting to Islam. Bishop Bahzad Mziri of the Anabaptist church, who many years ago converted from Islam to Christianity, made a...

read more
North Cyprus: Prayer for upcoming hearing 

North Cyprus: Prayer for upcoming hearing 

On 23 March Ryan Keating is scheduled to appear in Iskele District Court on charges of illegally importing literature – the result of a joint police and customs raid on his home in January 2021 in which personal Bibles and Christian books were seized. Customs...

read more
<a class="twitter-timeline" data-height="800" href="https://twitter.com/middleeconcern">Tweets by Middle East Concern</a> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>