Iranians Arrest Christians On ‘Blasphemy’ Charges

Three Iranian Christians were sentenced to a minimum of 10 years in jail at the start of the month, coming as the latest blow in Iran’s crackdown on Christianity.

An Iranian judge sentenced Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz, Amin Afshar Naderi, and Hadi Asgari each to multiple years in prison for illegal “church activities,” Bos News Life reported Wednesday.

Tamraz was sentenced to 10 years in prison for “illegal house church activities,” evangelism, and the printing and distribution of bibles, according to court documents.

Naderi and Asgari, both converts from Islam, were charged with blasphemy for abandoning Islam. Naderi, who was sentenced to 15 years, was also charged with “acting against national security” while Asgari, sentenced to 10 years, was charged with “organizing and creating house churches.”

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