Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Christians remain in prison as Iranian Supreme Leader Pardons 100 'Security' Prisoners During Ramadan

By Michael Ireland
Senior Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

IRAN (ANS) -- Iranian news sources are reporting that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has ordered the release of 100 prisoners convicted of what are described as "security offenses."

According to www.Mohabatnews.com  , the report compiled from news agencies by RFE/RL, says some of those being released were among people who were detained during the unrest that erupted over the disputed 2009 reelection of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad.

Mohabat News says Tehran's Prosecutor-General, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, was quoted by the Fars news agency as saying the detainees were pardoned "after they repented."

The announced release comes near the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and as Iranian politicians are reportedly starting to prepare for parliamentary elections due next March, Mohabat News stated.
The news agency website says there are still some Iranian Christians held in the prisons of Iran with their fate being unclear.

"Their only accusation is to praise Jesus Christ as their Lord and to share their faith with others. None of the authorities care about their situation and their families who are under pressure and uncertainty," the website reported.

Farshid Fathi, the father of two, is being detained in Tehran's notorious Evin prison. He has spent more than 9 months in jail. The judge ordered that he be temporarily freed on bail, but due to the high amount of the bail, his family has not been able to provide the money and free their beloved.

Meanwhile, Vahik Abrahamian has been kept in prison in Hamadan for nearly a year and suffers from the lack of the medical help and bad health conditions.

Please pray for Vahik and Farshid and many others imprisoned in Iran who are jailed just because of their faithfulness to our Lord Jesus Christ.

** Michael Ireland is Senior Correspondent for ANS. He is an international British freelance journalist who was formerly a reporter with a London (United Kingdom) newspaper and has been a frequent contributor to UCB UK, a British Christian radio station. While in the UK, Michael traveled to Canada and the United States, Albania,Yugoslavia, Holland, Germany,and Czechoslovakia. He has reported for ANS from Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Israel, Jordan, China,and Russia. Michael's volunteer involvement with ASSIST News Service is a sponsored ministry department -- 'Michael Ireland Media Missionary' (MIMM) -- of A.C.T. International of P.O.Box 1649, Brentwood, TN 37024-1649, at: Artists in Christian Testimony (A.C.T.) International where you can make a donation online under 'Donate' tab, then look for 'Michael Ireland Media Missionary' under 'Donation Category' to support his stated mission of 'Truth Through Christian Journalism.' Michael is a member in good standing of th e National Writers Union, Society of Professional Journalists, Religion Newswriters Association, Evangelical Press Association and International Press Association. If you have a news or feature story idea for Michael, please contact him at: ANS Senior Reporter

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