Heartfelt notes of a converted Christian, Amin Afshar Naderi during his hunger strike

I have learned from the bible to love my enemies and to pray for those who hate me; but what have you actually learned?

As reported by “Mohabat News” Amin Afshar Naderi, the converted Christian is on hunger strike at Evin prison in Iran objecting the court’s decision in his case.

The imprisoned converted Christian, “Amin Afshar Naderi” was sentenced to 15 years prison terms ordered by Judge Ahmadzadeh in the 26th branch of Islamic Revolutionary Court. In his 5rd day of hunger strike, he wrote a letter addressing the officials of judiciary: “what have I done against you and our country that made you hate me this much? I have learned from the bible to love my enemies and to pray for those who hate me. But what have you actually learned?

This converted Christian continued: “I have learned not to speak in abusive language; what have YOU learned? You were using rude language during the interrogation, you made fun of my beliefs and attacked my monotheistic religion; I have never insulted you, not because I did not have the power to do so , but deep inside I have always prayed for your health.

You have written a report filled with lies, stating that I have insulted your religious beliefs! You even forced my prison inmates to accept and sign the confession! I just watched you and prayed for you”.

It has been a year now that I have tolerated all the insults from my inmates, the prison guards and you all, while I have not done anything wrong and have been deprived of basic needs. However, I have always prayed for you to be fair and just. Not only did you not stick to any of your promises you gave in the court, in front of the pastor, my family, and all the people who were present, you hated me more and more every day and finally you hid my from the ambassadors of those selected countries you had in mind!

I have no words. Do whatever you want, like what you have done until now, but not according to justice, morality and law. There is one question in my mind, if we are actually what you say we are and we have insulted your religious beliefs and if your judicial process from the time of arrest to interrogation and court sessions were all lawful, then why are you hiding us from people? This is alright. I surrender to your cruel decision and I have decided to terminate my life slowly and that is why I am on hunger strike. I promise you not to cost any financial loss to you. I even deny to receive any medicine. I hope you feel little better by seeing my slow death and suffering.”

In a part of his letter, Amin Afshar Naderi emphasized that he had been hidden from the audience in his court sessions. Not to mention that 50 ambassadors from different countries had traveled to Iran on 5th of July 2017 inspecting the judicial operations and hence they had a visit to the Evin Prison. While being escorted by the prison guards other guards and officials hid many prisoners to avoid any conversations between them and the foreign ambassadors.

On June 11th 2017, Hadi Askari was sentenced to 10 year prison term and Amin Afshar Naderi was sentenced to 15 years. These two converted Christians were accused to violating the national security by hosting House Churches and promoting Christianity. These two Christians are in the Section 4 of Evin Prison presently./Farsi