Crackdown on Christianity: Iran sentences 18 to prison over faith

by Benjamin Weinthal  |  published on June 4, 2015


Iran’s revolutionary court imposed harsh prison sentences last week on 18 Christian converts for charges including evangelism, propaganda against the regime, and creating house churches to practice their faith, according to sources with knowledge of the Islamic Republic’s secretive judicial system.

The sentences totaled just shy of 24 years, according to a Persian-language report on the website of the U.S.-funded Radio Farda.The lack of transparency in Iran’s tightly censored and controlled judicial system did not allow for a breakdown of individual sentences. The defendants were also barred from organizing church home meetings and given a two-year ban from leaving Iran.

“The cruelty of Iran’s dictatorial leaders knows no limits,” Saba Farzan, the German-Iranian executive director of Foreign Policy Circle, a strategy think tank in Berlin, told

The Christians, many of whom were arrested in 2013, were sentenced in accordance with Article 500 of the Islamic Penal Code, a vague law used as a catch-all criminal statute to penalize threats to Iran’s clerical rulers. According to the law, “Anyone who engages in any type of propaganda against the Islamic Republic of Iran or in support of opposition groups and associations, shall be sentenced to three months to one year of imprisonment.”

  • Webb

    Crackdown on Christianity: Iran sentences 18 to prison over faith…Yet The Man in The W/H is willing to Consider working with Iran??
    Christians Across The Middle East Are Being Slaughtered…Again While Obama Fiddles. You Can’t Negotiate With Killers….

  • George Cullen

    If not for B.O., the pseudo-president who for 30+ years has worn an Islamic faith ring on his left hand, there would be no discussion of Iran getting nukes.
    Unless of course, the nukes in question were DROPPED on Iran.
    Iran, run by these monsters, is one of the last places on earth that should have any nuclear capabilities. Besides weapons and other technology for totalitarian control and murder, they exist frozen in the 17th century.

  • John VanderKelen

    Sometimes God delivers but always His grace is sufficient. Evildoers are but for a moment in light of eternity.

  • teaman

    I know there will be an uproar for what I am about to say, but, you know what, I am right! IRAN NEEDS TO BE NUKED BEFORE THEY NUKE THE WORLD!!

    You see, they really don’t care if they die in the process for they believe their false god will praise them for doing it!

    Want the absolute truth about islam, go here;

    Prophet of Doom is the best-documented, most comprehensive, presentation of Islam’s five oldest and most reliable scriptural sources. Ishaq’s Biography of Muhammad, Tabari’s History of Islam, and Bukhari’s and Muslim’s Hadith, were used to reorder the Qur’an chronologically and to set its surahs into the context of Muhammad’s life. When this evidence is evaluated systematically, the only rational conclusion is that Islam’s lone prophet was a ruthless terrorist, a mass-murderer, a thief, slave trader, rapist and pedophile.

    • Webb

      I so agree on Iran…Turn that Sand into Glass and Let It Evermore Be Forgotten!!

Google Analytics Alternative