Reza Zaeemi was arrested on the street in Iran by plainclothes security agents in November 2020. He was blindfolded, handcuffed, then interrogated for four hours. He was taken to a detention centre belonging to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and detained 17 days before being released on bail.
On 25 January Reza was sentenced to 18 months’ prison for “propaganda against the Islamic Republic by promoting evangelical Christianity.” He was also given a two-year travel ban.
At an appeal hearing on 25 April, the conviction was upheld, but the prison sentence was reduced to nine months.
He has now reported to prison to begin his sentence. Please pray for him, and all Iranian Christians as the Government is now openly declaring that promoting Christianity is a crime. Recent elections can only make the situation worse.