Morning Star News, October 12, 2018
Rights groups learned last week that two Christians in Iran have been sentenced to prison.
Saheb Fadaei, already serving a 10-year prison sentence in Tehran, and Fatimeh Bakherti, both converts from Islam, were sentenced to 18 months and 12 months respectively for “spreading propaganda against the regime,” a common charge, according to Miles Windsor of Middle East Concern (MEC).
“It is essentially used along with charges such as ‘acting against national security’ as a broad charge against Christians,” Windsor said. “And it will relate to innocent activities as members of a house church.”
The verdict, which is being appealed, stated that house church discussions of Christian doctrine regarding the ascendancy of Christ and the ultimate authority of the Bible were interpreted as attacks on Islam.
Such a statement reveals the true religious-based motives behind the arrests, Windsor said.