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Iran (MNN) ― After several months in prison and solitary confinement, two Iranian Christians have been released from prison.
According to The Voice of the Martyrs, Canada, Noorollah Qabitizse, 48, was recently released after serving 19 months in prison.
Qabitizse was a house church leader arrested in 2010 on Christmas Eve. Authorities raided a celebration gathering in his house church and captured Qabitizse, along with 10 other believers.
Authorities interrogated and tried to force Qabitizse to denounce his faith, causing him to suffer from mental abuse.
While in the Dezful prison, Qabitizse started a Bible study. When authorities got wind of his activities in prison, they transferred him out to Ahwaz as punishment.
The second Christian recently released was 24-year-old Ehsan Behrouz. He was a university student studying management in the University of Mashhad.
After his arrest on October 2011, Behrouz suffered eight months in prison including 105 days in solitary confinement.
Although Behrouz has been released, he hasn’t been able to resume classes, and his education is at stake. Other Christian students in the past have been forcibly deprived of their education.
Please pray for Behrouz to be able to continue his education in peace. Pray that these testimonies of faith in Christ will encourage other believers in Iran to persevere for the Gospel.