The Temporary release of Amin AfsharNaderi with Bail

Neglecting the converted Christians’ cases, often with extended period of uncertainty, and eventually punishing them with heavy prison sentences is one of the Islamic Republic’s security and judiciary’s methods of exerting pressure on Christian converts.

As reported by “Mohabat News” Amin AfsharNaderi the converted Christian who was in prison received temporary release with a bail of approximately $80,000 $USD after 19 days of hunger strike.

This prisoner of conscience went on a hunger strike on July 10, 2017, after objecting to his sentences imposed by the Islamic Revolutionary Court. He was sentenced to 15 years prison term by Judge Ahmadzadeh, the presiding judge, of the 26th branch of Islamic Revolutionary Court. A 10 year prison terms for promoting Christianity and violating the national security by hosting house churches and 5 years for blasphemy was given to this Christian believer.

Amin would be temporarily released on a bail until his appeal court date. Amin AfsharNaderi and Hadi Askari were arrested and sent to Evin Prison on August 26, 2017. These two converts along with Ramyyl Bat Temerz, Mohammad Torkaman Dehnavi, and Amir Saman Dashti who were also arrested on August 26th, 1016, while attending a family party in a private residence in the Firuzkuh area, the north of Tehran province, were all sent to detention. They were transferred to Evin Prison in Tehran. A few weeks later, all the arrested people were released except for Amin Afshar Naderi and Hadi Askari. These people were released on bails of approximately $30,000 USD. However, Amin Afshar Naderi and Hadi Askari’s status remained uncertain despite presenting a bail worth $60.000 USD. Finally, they decided to go on a hunger strike to show they objection to the uncertainty in their cases.

Amin AfsharNaderi was arrested in December 2014, for attending a Christmas party but he was temporarily released on February 10th 1015, after 36 days in jail and he had to submit a bail worth $30,000 USD. Amin AfsharNaderi’s Health condition seriously weakened him during his hunger strike and it will take a long time for him to recover and get back to a normal life. Neglecting the converted Christians’ cases, often with extended period of uncertainty, and eventually punishing them with heavy prison sentences is one of the Islamic Republic’s security and judiciary’s methods of exerting pressure on Christian converts.

The converted Christian Ebrahim Firuzi is also on hunger strike in RajaiShar Prison presently and his health status has been reported as being very poor./ Farsi