CSW, 9 May 2018
Ten-year sentences handed down to Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, Mohammadreza Omidi, Yasser Mossayebzadeh and Saheb Fadaie in July 2017 have recently been upheld on appeal.
The four were arrested in May 2016 during raids by security agents on Christian homes and their church accused of receiving money from the British government.
In July 2017, they were found guilty of ‘acting against national security’ by ‘promoting Zionist Christianity’, and sentenced to ten years in prison. The pastor and Mr Omidi received additional two-year sentences.
Mr Mossayebzadeh, Mr Fadaie and Mr Omidi are also awaiting the outcome of their appeal against a sentence of 80 lashes each, following their conviction for drinking wine during a communion service.