More Christians imprisoned in Iran

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
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The condition of an imprisoned pastor in Iran has worsened since he was given a five-year prison term for converting from Islam to Christianity -- which Iranian authorities claim to be a crime against national security.

DeMars, Jason (Present Truth Ministries)When Behnam Irani was examined about a month ago, doctors advised surgery. Jason DeMars of Present Truth Ministries tells OneNewsNow the pastor's health has continued to get worse.

"The last I've heard from our sources is that he's lost another ten pounds in about the last three months, and his skin is like a yellowish color," DeMars reports. "He's not healthy, and he's still being denied medical attention from the authorities there in the Ghezal Hezar prison there in Karaj, Iran."

Meanwhile, Iranian police have been arresting Christians.

"There's a total of eight that I know of for certain," the PTM spokesman reports, "and I have also received word, though not details of names, that there's been around 100 people arrested in the last two months, Christians who have been put in prison" whose only crime is converting from Christianity to Islam.

He notes that it took nearly three years of international pressure for Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani to gain his freedom (see earlier story), and DeMars hopes Christians throughout the world will respond in a similar fashion to others in Iran who are imprisoned for their faith.

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