Middle East: One Iranian Believer Released; Another Imprisoned
Iranian Christians rejoice at the release of one Christian prisoner, but request prayer for another who has been returned to prison following earlier conditional release.
On February 8th, 2012, eight believers were arrested in coordinated raids by security agents in Shiraz, Iran. Three (Nima, Sharifa and Masoud) were released on bail in March of 2012, a fourth (Fariba) was released on October 18th, 2012, a fifth (Korosh) on May 18th, 2014 and a sixth (Homayoun) on November 10th, 2014.
We are pleased to report that a seventh, Vahid Hakkani, was released from Adel-Abad Prison in Shiraz on Monday, January 26th, 2015. Vahid went on hunger strike at least twice during 2014 to protest against rejection by judicial authorities of his appeal for conditional release. His family and friends had been concerned about the condition of his health.
While Iranian Christians rejoice at Vahid’s release, they request prayer for Homayoun who has had his bail conditions canceled. He has been returned to prison to complete his sentence of 3 years and 8 months, with an additional suspended sentence of 8 months. He was charged with attending a house church, spreading Christianity, having contact with foreign ministries, propaganda against the regime and disrupting national security.
Of the eight who were originally arrested in 2012, two still remain in detention after nearly 3 years: Homayoun and Motjaba.
Iranian Christians request our continued prayers that Vahid will recover from imprisonment well at home surrounded by family, and that Homayoun and Motjaba will know the Lord’s strength and support in order to bring Him glory during their detention.
Iran is ranked No. 7 on the Open Doors 2015 World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians.
Compiled by Janelle Powers. For media inquiries, contact Christine Cape at 404-545-0085 or Katie Rouse at 678-410-9575.