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Christian Converts Sentenced to Total of 25 Years in Jail by Iranian Judiciary - Report

Five Christian converts have been sentenced to a total of over 25 years in prison by the Iranian judiciary, according to a report from Iranian media.

According to the human rights group Hengraw, which was created in 2016 to report on the human rights violations against Kurds in Iran, there has been no available information about the specific reason for the charge against the five Christian converts or the details of their accusations.

The sentences handed down include a 10-year jail term for Christian convert Hamid Afzali, along with five-year jail terms for Nasrollah Mousavi, Bijan Gholizadeh, and Iman Salehi. Zohrab Shahbazi received nine months of jail time.

The report explained that while Christians are “acknowledged as a religious minority in Iran, authorities impose severe penalties, especially on those who convert from Islam to Christianity.”

Hengraw noted that Yasin Mousavi was another Christian convert who was arrested. He was “sentenced to 15 years in prison by the judiciary of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” (JPost /VFI News)

“But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. And so you will bear testimony to me. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves.” - Luke 21:12-14

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