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August 2, 2010

IRAN: CHRISTIAN IN PRISON

Screen shot 2010-08-02 at 11.06.25 AM  Ali Golchin, an Iranian Christian, has been held in solitary confinement in Tehran’s Evin prison since he was arrested in his hometown of Varamin, according to Farsi Christian News Network (FCNN).

After appealing to authorities for weeks, Ali’s father was finally allowed to visit him on June 17. “Ali’s father shared that he was distressed to find his son ‘crying uncontrollably’ and in obvious pain,” FCNN reported. Sources believe Ali has been treated harshly during interrogations because he is suffering from “weakness and severe stomachaches.”

The Iranian government has not filed criminal charges against Ali, and no lawyers have been appointed for his defense. “Ali’s wife has been warned not to attend church and told that she will only be able to negotiate with the authorities about Ali’s release if she converts to Islam,” according to FCNN.

The Voice of the Martyrs supports persecuted believers like Ali Golchin in Iran. VOM encourages you to pray for these believers and others in Iran who risk their lives daily because of their faith. Pray for Ali’s release. Pray that the Lord will sustain him and his family and that Ali’s testimony will strengthen the faith of other believers.