Iran: Ebrahim Firouzi released from prison

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Iranian Christians are delighted to report that Christian convert Ebrahim Firouzi has been released from prison.

Ebrahim was released from Rajaei Shahr prison in Karaj on 26 October, but will soon begin to serve two years’ internal exile in Sarbaz on the border with Pakistan.

In August 2013, Ebrahim Firouzi was arrested with two others and taken to Evin prison, Tehran, and later transferred to Rajaei Shahr prison in Karaj. He was sentenced to one year  in prison and two years of exile to Sarbaz, in the far south east of Iran, on charges of “propaganda against the Islamic Republic,” “launching and directing evangelism” and “running a Christian website.”

After serving the one-year prison sentence and expecting to be released, Ebrahim was retried in March 2015 and convicted of “actions against national security,” “being present at an illegal gathering” and “collusion with foreign entities.” He was sentenced to an additional five years in prison. Sadly, in December 2018, while Ebrahim was still in prison, his mother died from cancer and Ebrahim was not permitted to attend her funeral.

On 26 October, the head of Rajaei Shahr prison wanted to send Ebrahim directly to exile in Sarbaz, but he was allowed temporary release to sort out personal affairs, including retrieving personal documents still held by Iranian Intelligence.

Ebrahim says he is in good health and has been very happy to receive calls from friends. He requests prayer for a friend in prison with urgent needs. He also requests prayer for himself, especially for patience when he begins to feel upset and angry.

Iranian Christians are thankful for Ebrahim’s release and request prayer that:

a. Ebrahim will be able to obtain his documents and other items confiscated by Iranian Intelligence during his arrest
b. Ebrahim will enjoy the opportunity to meet with family and friends before leaving for exile in Sarbaz
c. His friend will have his needs met by God and that Ebrahim will have patience and God’s peace when he feels upset
d. Ebrahim will be able to find a place to rent and work in Sarbaz and that God will make it a place of blessing
e. All Iranian Christians held in prison on charges related to their faith will be encouraged and held in prayer

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