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Pastor, Wife to Prison in Iran for Crime of 'Evangelism'

Iranian courts have sentenced Pastor Victor Bet-Tamraz to 10 years in prison for "conducting Evangelism" and "illegal house church activities," while his wife Shamiram Isavi was given a five-year sentence for "membership of a group with the purpose of disrupting national security" and "gathering and colluding to commit crimes against national security."

Though the couple had been summoned numerous times for appeal hearings, each of the hearings was canceled for a variety of different reasons. The last hearing, which was initially scheduled for June 1, was canceled without any reason being provided.

On July 19, Bet-Tamraz was told by his lawyer that his appeal had been rejected, with no further appeals being possible, according to Article 18, a nonprofit that seeks to protect and promote freedom of religion in the Islamic Republic.

On August 11, Isavi was told that she had to report to Evin prison in Tehran by Sunday, August 16. (JPost / VFI News)

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