The Christians are also charged with crimes ‘against national security’. Release International calls on Iran to grant freedom of religion to its citizens.
Yaser Mosibzadeh, Saheb Fadayee and Mohammed Reza Omidi (also known as Youhan) were arrested at their house church in Rasht on May 13. According to Middle East Concern, Mohammed Reza was one of four Christians from a Muslim background who was given 80 lashes for the same charge in 2012.
The Christians are appealing against the verdict, but they also face more serious charges of ‘action against national security’, along with their pastor, Yousef Nadarkhani.