According to Center for Human Rights in Iran, the wife of a former leader Victor Bet Tamraz, of Assyrian Pentecostal Church was accused of menace of security of the country but according to human rights lawyers she is punished for praying with Christians.
On Monday that Judge Mashallah Ahmadzadeh in Tehran penalized Shamiram Isavi for five years. According to Kiarash Alipour, a spokesman for Article 18, Mrs. Victor told that there was no evidence which could prove her involvement in any source which is threatening to the Iran security.
Kiarash Alipour told that Mrs Isavi had been attending house churches to share the gospel and pray with other Christians since the Assyrian Pentecostal Church was closed by the government of Iran. It was a shocking allegation of calling a ‘gathering of Christian believers’ a threat for a country.
According to the Iranian officials Mrs. Isavi was conducting house churches mass which is prohibited in Iran. Moreover she goes abroad to attend Christian Seminars.
In 2014, Mrs. Isavi’s husband Victor Bet Tamraz, their son Ramin and 12 converted Christians were earlier captivated by the police. The priest Tamraz and two converts were sentenced for 10 year prison while one convert was put into prison for 15 years.
The corrupt Iranian government has been arresting and punishing Christians since 2017. Last year in October Iranian news agencies reported that many Christians were punished physically for believing in Christ and compelled to leave Iran.
In August the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom nominated Iran among five worst countries for its implementation of blasphemy law and its biased treatment with religious minorities although World Watch List of Open Doors in America ranked Iran on 10th position.
The Armenian Orthodox Bishop of Tehran, Bishop Sibo Sarkisian said last year that there is no persecution and Christians have complete freedom of religion except they cannot preach in public while according to a media report biblical preaching is an important part of the Christian faith.
Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) spotlighted the sufferings of Iranian Christians. Since March 2017, the Judge Ahmadzadeh has punished 16 converts with 5 to 15 years of prison life for believing in Jesus Christ.