Two Christians in Iran appeal over eight-year prison sentences.
Apr. 05, 2018 | Iran
Two Believers Await Ruling on Eight-Year Prison Terms
|Two Iranian Christians continue to await a judge’s decision on their appeal of prison sentences they received in December 2017. Eskander Rezaie and Suroush Saraie, both of whom have been previously imprisoned, face eight-year sentences if their appeal is denied. Eskander was arrested in July 2017 after hundreds of New Testaments were discovered in his home, and Suroush, a pastor, was arrested for trying to exempt the children of Christian converts from Islamic instruction. The men were hopeful that a March 8 hearing might resolve the charges against them, but the judge has not yet ruled on their appeal. Pray that the judge will overturn the sentences and that believers throughout Iran will continue to proclaim salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
Iranian Christians Eskandar Rezaei and Soroush Saraei (pictured, Eskandar on left) have each been sentenced to eight years in prison. Arrested in July 2017, they were both charged with “acting against national security”, while Soroush was also charged with “forgery” for issuing letters as pastor of the Church of Shiraz for students seeking exemption from Islamic studies classes.
On 28 December 2017, they were each sentenced to seven years in prison for “acting against national security” plus one year for proselytising and forming house meetings. They are appealing the sentences.