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November 7, 2012

IRAN: Christians Face Court Hearings and More Arrests

The following is from our latest Be-A-Voice-Network prayer alert. You can read the full alert by clicking here.

On Oct. 15, five believers from Muslim backgrounds faced legal proceedings on charges of anti-state activity and participation in Christian activities. The five Christians, who were detained eight months ago following a raid on a house church in Shiraz, were informed at the hearing that they must return to court for a second hearing next month, possibly on Nov. 14. Four of the five were offered release from jail on substantial bail, which relatives and friends are trying to pay. The group␣s leader, however, was not offered bail.

On Oct. 12, seven more Christians with Muslim backgrounds were arrested in Shiraz during a raid on a prayer meeting. At last report, they remain under detention. Two additional members of the group were arrested on Oct. 18 after being summoned by authorities.

Source: Middle East Concern