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Thursday October 23, 2014
House-church leaders to serve sentences in remote, harsh prisons.
By Our Middle East Correspondent
ISTANBUL, Turkey, October 23, 2014 (Morning Star News) – In what was termed a “serious blow” to house-church leader Behnam Irani, Iran has sentenced him and two other Christian leaders to six years in prison for their involvement in house churches, human rights groups learned this week.
Irani, Abdolreza Ali-Haghnejad and Reza Rabbani, all leaders in the Church of Iran, were sentenced on Sunday (Oct. 19) for “action against national security” and “creating a network to overthrow the system,” catch-all terms the Islamist government uses to suppress Christians and political opponents it perceives as threats.
The sentence was “a serious blow” for the family of Irani, lead pastor of the group, said a pastor in direct contact with members of Irani’s family. When the verdict was handed down, Irani was already serving the remainder of a prior five-year sentence for his involvement with house churches.
Irani’s wife, Kristina, is resolute in her faith and in her devotion to her husband but needs prayer, said the pastor, who cannot be identified for security reasons. Irani won’t be eligible for release until 2023, according to Middle East Concern (MEC). [READ MORE]
Wednesday October 22, 2014
Plane drops bombs on crowded market, homes.
By Our Sudan Correspondent
JUBA, South Sudan, October 22, 2014 (Morning Star News) – The Sudanese Air Force on Thursday (Oct. 16) dropped bombs on Nuba Mountain civilians that killed at least six Christian children and seriously injured another.
In Heiban, South Kordofan, a Russian-made Antonov dropped five bombs – three on a crowded square during the weekly market day, and two others nearby, including one that hit a house where a Catholic family lived, sources said. The government is fighting a three-year battle against rebels in the Nuba Mountains, but there is no military presence in the area bombed, they said. [READ MORE]
Friday October 17, 2014
Muslim extremists packed into courtroom erupt in celebration.
By Our Pakistan Correspondent
LAHORE, Pakistan, October 16, 2014 (Morning Star News) – In spite of protests within Pakistan and abroad against the country’s blasphemy laws, the Lahore High Court today upheld the death sentence for a Christian mother accused of insulting Islam’s prophet.
Aasiya Noreen, commonly known as Asia Bibi, is the first woman to be sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan. Arrested in June 2009 after Muslim co-workers in a berry field 60 miles west of Lahore beat her when she refused to convert to Islam, her death sentence was announced in November 2010.[READ MORE]