Iran Court Postpones ‘Execution Trial’ Of Evangelical Christians
TEHRAN, IRAN (Worthy News)– An Iranian court has told arrested evangelical Christians who may face execution on charges of apostasy that they “should be punished”, but that their trial “has been postpone for April,” a senior church official said Thursday, February 17.
“The judge claimed that he had no time to examine the cases, but spoke about the superiority of Islam,” explained Firouz Khanjani, a council member of the Church of Iran movement to Worthy News. “He said that Christians are targeting ignorant people and they should be punished for that.”
Advocacy group Middle East Concern (MEC) said it has learned that the Christians, identified as Behrouz Sadegh-Khandjani, Mehdi Furutan, Mohammad Beliad, Parviz Khalaj and Nazly Beliad, were released on bail, but there was no immediate independent confirmation.
Christians have linked the months-long detentions of the believers to their activities within underground house churches linked to the Church of Iran movement.
“Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of me. Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:11-12
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