TEHRAN, IRAN — Eight members of Iran’s largest evangelical house church movement have been sentenced to years imprisonment on charges that include ““action against the national security” and “propaganda against the order of the system,” Christian rights activists confirmed late Thursday, July 18.
Mohammad Roghangir was sentenced to six years, Massoud Rezaie to five years, Mehdi Ameruni and Bijan Farokhpour Haghighi to three years, Shahin Lahooti and Suroush Saraie to two and half years each, while Eskandar Rezaie and Roxana Forughi were both sentenced to one year in prison, said advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).
The group was expected to appeal their July 16 convictions.
The ruling came months after seven of them were detained October 12 last year during an evening raid by security services on a house in Shiraz where a prayer service led by Roghangir was underway, Christians said.
Massoud Rezaie was reportedly detained six days later.