IRAN: Christian convert starts one-year prison sentence

Middle East Concern | Sept. 4, 2019

Iranian Christians request prayer for convert Fatemeh Bakhteri (also known as Ailar), who has started serving a one-year prison sentence in Evin Prison on account of her Christian activities and refusal to recant her faith.

After an appeal court in May upheld her one-year prison sentence for “propaganda against the regime,” Fatemeh presented herself at Evin Prison in Tehran on 31 August. 

She was informed about the sentence in September 2018, which included a two-year ban on all social activities involving more than two people. Fatemeh’s co-defendant, Saheb Fadaie (also known as Zaman), was sentenced to eighteen months’ imprisonment and two years’ exile in Hamedan for “action against national security through collusion and gathering.” However, he is already serving a ten-year prison sentence for “establishing a house church” and “promoting Zionist Christianity.”