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IRAN: A convert to Christianity imprisoned over being “baptised” released from prison


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Alireza Seyyedian, an Iranian convert to Christianity has been released from prison.

According to reports by Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), he was officially
due to be released on 1 August, but the authorities released him on 27 July after serving three years, six months and ten days in prison.

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Alireza Seyyedian was at first arrested in June 2010 but was set free after a $50,000 bail. Later on, in December 2011, as stated by his lawyer Mohammed Ali Dadkhah, that Alireza Seyyedian was sentenced to six years imprisonment by Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court for “propaganda against the regime” and “acting against national security”.

According to Seyyedian’s lawyer,” Alireza Seyyedian’s baptism in Turkey previous year had been interpreted as a deliberate attempt to demonstrate that there was a lack of freedom in Iran. The trial judge stated: “We have enough priests in Iran to baptize him,” and concluded that he was “propagating against the regime”.

As a result, on 14 March 2012 he was re-arrested at the Iranian border while trying to enter Turkey. Subsequently, he was imprisoned in Ward 350 of Evin Prison in Tehran. As reported, he was kept in solitary confinement, experienced ill health and had threats made against his family members while his imprisonment.