Branch 12 of the Alborz Court of Appeals confirmed the prison sentence of Amin Khaki, Milad Guderzi and Alireza Noormohammadi, three Christian converts, on August 31st, and this sentence was served on them on Thursday, the 4th of Shahrivar, 1400.
The judge did not accept the defense bill and while rejecting the appeal, the sentence was reduced to three years in prison.
These three Christian citizens, on Saturday, July 5, 1400, after appearing in the fourth branch of the Karaj Revolutionary Court, were informed that each of them was sentenced to five years in prison and to pay a fine of 40 million tomans.
These Christian citizens have been accused of “deviant missionary and educational activities contrary to the holy Islamic law”.
The charge against these three Christian citizens is based on the changes that were recently added to Article 500 of the Islamic Penal Code and were notified by the government to the judiciary and the Ministry of Justice at the end of February last year.
It seems that for the first time this article was implemented to punish Christian citizens.
According to this article, “…committing any other deviant educational or propaganda activity that contradicts or disrupts the holy law of Islam in real or virtual space or creating mental and physical domination over people in the form of a sect or any other organized criminal group is considered a crime.”
Milad Gudarzi, Amin Khaki and Alireza Noormohammadi, who were imprisoned mostly because of their Christian beliefs and peaceful ideological activities, are currently free with a bail of 250 million tomans, but they were forced to report themselves to the security police every week for six months. do
These three Christian citizens are among 12 Christian converts whose home was attacked by security forces in Fardis Karaj in November 2019. The officers seized laptops, mobile phones, Bibles and Christian books belonging to these citizens and told them that they would be summoned soon. All these people belong to the house church called “Church of Iran”.
The confiscated mobile phones and laptops have been returned to these citizens, but the Bible and Christian books are still in the possession of the Ministry of Information.