Iranian Christians are thankful that another Christian convert, Amin Khaki, has been informed by prison authorities that he is released.
Amin was arrested with four other Christian converts when security agents raided their homes in Rasht in December 2017. At a court hearing in March 2019 he was sentenced to fourteen months’ imprisonment for “propaganda against the regime and establishing house churches. The others were sentenced to four months’ each for “propaganda against the regime.”
They were summoned to serve their sentences at the central prison of Karaj on 6 July 2019.
The four converts arrested with Amin were released on 9 October 2019 after completing their prison sentences. Amin was released conditionally on 2 March due to concerns about the Covid-19 outbreak after submitting a bond of 50 million tomans ($3,000).
On 6 April, prison authorities contacted Amin to inform him that he was not required to return to prison and it is expected that he will be able to reclaim the money put down as security.
This follows the release of Christian convert Rokhsareh (Mahrokh) Ghanbari, who was informed by prison authorities on 2 April that she was not required to return to prison to complete her one-year prison sentence for “propaganda against the system.”
Iranian Christians are happy for Amin and Mahrokh and their families, but request prayer that:
- Amin and Mahrokh will be able to reclaim the money put down as security once the courthouses re-open
- They will quickly recover from their imprisonment and return to “normal life”
- Prisoners detained on political charges who face exposure to COVID-19 infection in prison will know God’s protection and consolation and also be released
- The Iranian authorities will have wisdom in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis and refrain from targeting Christians and other persecuted religious communities