Iranian Christian Ebrahim Firouzi Released From Prison to Internal Exile

Iran (Church in Chains) Ebrahim Firouzi, 33, was released from Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj on Saturday, near the end of a five-year sentence. He had also spent time in prison previously on charges relating to his Christian activities.

Ebrahim must now serve two years’ internal exile in the remote southeastern town of Sarbaz in Sistan and Baluchestan province, near the border with Pakistan. Sources close to his family report that prison officials took him into the city of Karaj on Saturday morning and released him on a street corner.

A former Muslim, Ebrahim comes from Robat-Karim, 25 km southwest of Tehran. He was arrested in 2013 and sentenced to one year in prison and two years of exile in Sarbaz on charges including “propaganda against the Islamic Republic, evangelism and running a Christian website.”

In 2015, he was retried and sentenced to an additional five years in prison for “actions against national security, being present at an illegal gathering and collusion with foreign entities.” He was due for release in January 2020.

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