IRAN: Armenian Christian Prisoner Trial Results Still Unknown

30 January 2024

Source: International Christian Concern

Last summer, Hakop, an Armenian citizen, travelled to Iran to visit his wife Elisa’s family. Elisa comes from an Iranian-Armenian family.

On 16 August, they were arrested while visiting their friend’s home. Their arrests coincided with the arrests of dozens of other Christian converts in Iran. Elisa was held for several months but was released and returned to Armenia with their children. Hakop’s trial was scheduled for 7 January. His current location and well-being are still unknown.

While Hakop and Elisa live in Armenia and only were visiting family in Iran, Elisa’s father, Rafi Shahverdian, was a well-known pastor in Yerevan after fleeing Iran in the 1990s. It is reported that Christian literature was found with them when they were arrested in Iran.

The minority Armenian Christians are given certain protections under the Islamic Republic’s legal system. They are, however, forbidden from any proselytising to Iranian Muslims, and Farsi language Christian literature is banned.

Iran was estimated to be holding more than one hundred Christians in prison detention at the end of 2023.

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    Pray for them

    Thank the Lord that Elisa and her children have been safely returned home to Armenia.

    Ask the Lord to comfort Hakop, Elisa and their children during this time while Hakop remains imprisoned. Pray that the Lord will strengthen each of them at this time.

    Pray that Hakop will be released from prison and returned home to Armenia to be with Elisa and their children. Ask that he be returned safely and unharmed.

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