Today, there is no letter—just a simple and desperate request to pray for “comfort from the Lord.”
Our brother, who turns 60 in August, just got word that his request for conditional release has been rejected. Article 18 writes, “the news comes as a bitter blow to the Christian convert … having been regularly assured by prison authorities in recent months that his request would be accepted.”
Nasser is eligible for parole after serving over one third of his 10-year sentence for being part of a Tehran house church—what the Iranian government calls “actions against national security.”
Since the start of his sentence in January 2018, Nasser has made three requests for a retrial—all rejected. The ruling in Nasser’s case was based on evidence provided by Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence. However the documents containing the evidence were not given to his lawyer to review, no were they presented during the trial.
‘Is worshiping God acting against national security?’
A modern-day Paul, Nasser has written several open letters to authorities, asking pointed questions.
“Is the fellowship of a few Christian brothers and sisters in someone’s home, singing worship songs, reading the Bible and worshiping God acting against national security?” he wrote in one of his first letters. In the same letter, he powerfully shared: “I am in prison for my faith in Jesus Christ. My imprisonment will serve to further the gospel.”
Last year around the same time, he wrote: “I am confident in all hardships, and I believe I will become free by Him who I have hope to (my Lord) because the Lord our God does not forget his children … so let me be bold and say, ‘The Lord is my helper.’”
Watch a YouTube video he shared on his 58th birthday, one year in Evin Prison