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Shiraz converts jailed for over three years

Shiraz converts jailed for over three years

Left to right: Homayoun Shokouhi, Mojtaba Hosseini, Vahid Hakkani, and Mohammad-Reza Partoei.

Branch 3 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Shiraz has sentenced four Christian converts to three years and eight months each in prison. 

Mojtaba Hosseini, Homayoun Shokouhi, Vahid Hakkani, and Mohammad-Reza Partoei were convicted by Judge Rashidi of “promoting Christianity”, “association with Christian organisations abroad”, “propaganda against the state”, and “disrupting national security”.

Homayoun’s wife, Fariba Nazemian, and 17-year-old son, Nima, were also each sentenced to two years’ probation.

The Christians were each given the opportunity to appeal within 20 days. They were arrested at a “house church” meeting in Shiraz on 8 February 2012.

Their first court hearing took place more than eight months later, on 15 October 2012.

One of the Christians, Vahid, is suffering from severe health problems that require urgent medical attention, but he has yet to be permitted leave of absence to receive treatment.