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Good news! Prisoners released

December 14, 2015

Good news! Three prisoners have recently been released from Adel Abad Prison in Shiraz.

After Middle East Concern (MEC) reported the release of Suroush Saraie on 11 November, fellow prisoners Mehdi Ameruni, Seyed Bijan Farokhpour Haghigi and Eskander Rezai have also been set free.

Officially, they have been granted temporary leave from prison, however they have been led to believe that they will not be summoned to return to prison. They are awaiting official confirmation that this is the case.

Mohammad (Vahid) Roghangir, Suroush Saraie, Mehdi Ameruni, Massoud Rezai, Seyed Bijan Farokhpour Haghigi and Eskander Rezai were arrested when a prayer meeting in Shiraz was raided on 12 October 2012. They were given sentences of between one and three years on charges of ‘action against national security’ and ‘propaganda against the order of the system’.

Of those originally arrested at the prayer meeting only Mohammad, the leader of the house church, and Massoud remain in prison.

While we praise God for the release of these three men, please continue to pray for them. Former prisoners often continue to experience hardship. In some cases released prisoners have been pressured by security officials to become informers. Many former prisoners suffer psychological trauma and struggle to find employment.

Source: MEC

Pray now

  • That Mehdi, Seyed and Eskander will quickly recover from their imprisonment, and for strength for them and their families as they adapt to normal family life
  • For comfort for those who remain in prison, including Mohammad and Massoud
  • For the swift release of Christians who remain in prison
  • That all prisoners in Iran will be treated with respect and dignity as beings created in the image of God
  • For God to be at work in all officials involved in these cases, and for the witness of these prisoners to speak to them.

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