All four men have made several requests for release on bail; their families have grown increasingly anxious about their current conditions in the wake of the pandemic. Nasser and Saheb have also suffered health issues in prison.
Recently, authorities denied Saheb medical treatment, despite experiencing fever and hallucinations. Nasser was granted a retrial last month after being denied one in October 2019.
Waiting for June 1
The next scheduled appeal hearing in the case of a house church pastor, Victor Bet-Tamraz, and his wife Shamiram, is slated for June 1. Additionally, three Christian converts Kavian Fallah-Mohammadi, Amin Afshar-Naderi and Hadi Asgari are also waiting for their hearing, also on June 1.
A 65-year-old Iranian Christian convert, Ismaeil Maghrebinejad, is still waiting on the result of a separate appeal against a three-year sentence for “insulting Islamic beliefs.” Following a court hearing on February 27 of this year, Ismaeil—a Christian for now 40 years—was sentenced to an additional two years in prison for “membership of a group hostile to the regime.” The court document detailed that the “hostile” group espoused “Evangelical Zionist Christianity.”