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|Alireza Seyyedian||Iran (Islamic Republic of)||March 2012||April 04, 2014|
|Alireza Seyyedian is a 37-year-old former Muslim who has been a Christian since 2006. Last year, security forces confiscated his computer during a raid on his apartment. Authorities then discovered video of Alireza’s baptism in Turkey on the computer. In December 2011 he was sentenced to six years in prison, for crimes against national security and propaganda against the regime.The judge stated that since Alireza was baptized in Turkey, he was trying to express the lack of freedom in Iran and was therefore was propagating against the regime. He was also accused of holding regular meetings with former Muslims and distributing Bibles among youth. They also said he had communication with Zionist satellite TV channels such as Mohabat TV and Radio Mojde and shared worship hymns he had written with them. The verdict also falsely accused him of being a member of the Jesus Only cult.On March 14, 2012, Alireza was caught seeking to flee Iran for Turkey. He was arrested and transported back to Tehran where he was imprisoned in Evin prison. He was put in Section 350 of the prison, which is where political prisoners are held. That part of the prison is run by VEVAK, the intelligence service that reports to Ayatollah Khameini and is beyond the control of Iran’s prison authorities. According to one report, the conditions of this section of the prison are unsanitary, and each cell is overcrowded with around 30 political prisoners.Alireza has never been married.
Symptoms of Psychosis for Alireza – March 2014
Harsh conditions inside Tehran’s Evin prison are taking a heavy toll on the health and well-being of Alireza Seyyedian.Alireza’s family was shocked by his condition when he was allowed home for a short period of parole recently. He was described as having “a blank stare, trembling hands and symptoms of psychosis”; he also started vomiting and having seizures.Alireza, who is serving a six-year sentence for converting to Christianity, told BBC Persia that he was addicted to drugs to counter insomnia, stress and depression, all prescribed by prison doctors.
Please alert believers everywhere to uplift brother Alireza Seyyedian with prayers and intercession. He has sacrificed his Freedom, Comfort, and family for his love of Christ, Iranian judges are very severe with former Muslims that convert to Christianity. Alireza Seyyedian, has been a Christian since 2006. In 2011 his apartment was raided and his computer was stolen. It contained a video of his baptism and for this he was arrested. His sentence: 6 years + 90 lashes. This April marked his 3rd year in prison. Currently, he has been vomiting, having seizures and unable to sleep. ”Lord, do not just let him survive, but thrive for you in prison! Give him your miraculous strength to press on towards the goal! More….Alireza Seyyedian is a 37 year-old former Muslim that has been a Christian since 2006. He has never been married. In December 2011 he was sentenced to six years in prison by Branch 26 of Iran’s Revolutionary Court. The sentence was for crimes against national security and propaganda against the regime. The judge stated that since he was baptized in Turkey he was trying to express the lack of freedom in Iran and therefore was propagating against the regime. He was also accused of holding regular meetings with converts. In the verdict they stated falsely that he was a Jesus Only cult member. They also stated that he was distributing Bibles among the youth and that he had had communication with Zionist satellite channels like Mohabat and Radio Mojde, including sharing worship hymns that he has written with them. On March 14, 2012, he was seeking to flee Iran and become a refugee in Turkey, but as he was trying to leave he was arrested and transported back to Tehran where he was imprisoned in Evin prison. He was put in Section 350 of the prison where political prisoners are held. That part of the prison is run by VEVAK, the intelligence service that reports to the Ayatollah Khameini and is beyond the control of Iran’s prison authorities. According to one report, each cell is quite overcrowded and contains around 30 political prisoners, and the conditions of this section of the prison are unsanitary. On April 1, 2014 we received news that Alireza is suffering from acute depression and has become addicted to a mystery pill that has been given to him by prison authorities. He may be suffering a psychosis or drug withdrawal. Do not abandon him. We ask that you commit him to continued prayer, that he would be freed from this addiction and receive the peace that passes all understanding. Alert your prayer groups, Bible studies, and pastors as to his state and ask if they would commit themselves to consistent prayer for him.
PTL he is released!
Release is also delighted to report that our Iranian brother, Alireza Seyyedian, has been released from jail. He was arrested in March 2012 as he tried to flee Iran and had previously been sentenced to six years in jail for his Christian activities, a sentence reduced to three-and-a-half years in 2013 (Prayer Alert, April 3, 2014). He had served that reduced sentence in full. Pray that God will heal and restore Alireza after his ordeal. (Source: Middle East Concern)