Iranian Christian Fatemeh Bakhteri Released From Prison, Pardoned for Persian New Year

(Christian Solidarity Worldwide) Iranian Christian Fatemeh Bakhteri (Aylar) was released from prison on April 12.

Bakhteri, 35, from the city of Rasht, is from a Muslim background and is a member of the Church of Iran denomination. She was sentenced to 12 months in prison on Sept. 22, 2018 after being found guilty of “spreading propaganda against the regime.”

Another Christian, Saheb Fadaie, was sentenced alongside her on the same charges and received an 18-month sentence. Local sources reported that the verdict against them claimed that discussions of Christian doctrine held in house churches were considered attacks on Islam.

During the trial, the judge told Bakhteri that her charges would be dropped if she returned to Islam, but she rejected this offer. She was eventually sentenced to one year in prison and barred from social activities for two years.

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