18 Christians Imprisoned in Iran for Practicing Faith

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The revolutionary court in Iran has sentenced 18 Christians to a harsh punishment despite recognizing Christians as an official minority group in the country.

Iran’s secretive judicial system imposed sentences to 18 Christian converts “for charges including evangelism, propaganda against the regime, and creating house churches to practice their faith.” Persian-language Radio Farda, which is funded by the United States, reported that the sentences totaled to around 24 years.

“Anyone who engages in any type of propaganda against the Islamic Republic of Iran or in support of opposition groups and associations shall be sentenced to three months to one year of imprisonment,” the law states.

Iranian Christian Morad Mokhtari, who fled the country in 2006, told Fox News that some of the Christians faced charges related to “home church activities.”