Iranian Christians imprisoned for faith practices

TEHRAN, Iran — A convert from Islam found out in mid-March that an Iranian appeals court decided in December 2016 to uphold his five-year prison sentence for crimes related to practicing his faith.

On Dec. 11, 2016, the court upheld an April 2015 ruling that found Ebrahim Firoozi guilty of “actions against national security, being present at an illegal gathering and collusion with foreign entities” — all standard charges leveled against converts to Christianity in Iran — and sentenced him to five years in jail.

Also in Iran the appeal of three men sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking communion wine has been further delayed, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide. The three Christians — Mohammadreza Omidi, Yasser Mossayebzadeh and Saheb Fadaie — have entered their sixth month in limbo waiting for the results of their appeal. (MS)