Friday, October 09, 2009

New update on Maryam and Marzieh: Anti-state charge dropped. Other charges brought against them.

Middle East Concern has just released an important update on Maryam Rustampoor and Marzieh Amirizadeh.

There has been a significant development in the case of Maryam and Marzieh who were arrested in Tehran on 5th March and have been detained since then. Recall that they appeared before the Revolutionary Court on 10th August and were ordered to recant their faith in Christ. Both declared that they would not deny their faith.

On Wednesday 7th October they were unexpectedly taken back to the Revolutionary Court, where a different judge was presiding. Three charges were brought against them, relating to (a) anti-state activity, (b) propagation of Christianity, and (c) apostasy, i.e. leaving Islam. The judge acquitted them of the charge of anti-state activity. They and their lawyer are delighted about this, particularly as such acquittals are rare in Iran. Because this charge has been dropped, their case will now be transferred to a general court where the other charges will be considered.

Maryam and Marzieh are now back in prison, awaiting their next hearing. Both have suffered poor health and have been denied satisfactory medical treatment during their imprisonment. Recently the prison authorities did allow Maryam some treatment for severe food poisoning.

Iranian Christians supporting Maryam and Marzieh thank us for our ongoing prayer. They give praise to God for preserving and sustaining them in prison and for giving them the courage to stand firm in their faith during the court hearings. They request our continued prayers that:

a. Maryam and Marzieh will continue to know the Lord's presence and comfort each day

b. They will stand firm in their faith as they face continuing pressure to recant

c. They will be the presence of Jesus to those around them in Evin jail, near Tehran

d. The two remaining charges will be dropped

e. They will be released soon

f. All officials involved will act mercifully, justly and compassionately, and will learn about and be drawn to Jesus' love for them

g. The Iranian government will stop automatically regarding Christians as being anti-government and therefore a threat

We are thankful that the charge of anti-state activities has been dropped. This rarely takes place and is a great relief for the two women. Their lawyer was very pleased. As noted, their case will now be transferred from the revolutionary court to the general court that will now have to consider the other two charges.   We invite you to also post a pray on their behalf on our Persecuted Church Prayer Wall as a testimony to your remembering them during this time.


Sharon Brumfield said...

I will pray. I pray that the praise that rises from their insides brings about the same results as Paul and Silas.
May they know HIM and the power of His might.

Deborah said...

Praying with them!!!

Mer said...

I am sending up a prayer on their behalf right now. I pray that they will be encouraged and renewed. That their faith would strengthen during this season of persecution and that they will grow ever closer to our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Kelly said...

I am praying for these beautiful, strong & courageous women right now ! I know that GOD is using them to bring others and themselves closer to HIM! I pray that they will stay strong ~ their reward is coming !! In Jesus Christ's precious name ~ AMEN !

Ann Dunagan said...

I've had a burden this week to pray for our Christian sisters in Iran. Posted this prayer burden on twitter, and was directed to this site by @VOMC. I've written the names of these two beautiful women on my hand, and I'm praying for them. Thanks for the specific details on how we can pray. God bless you, and may he uphold and uplift these two women by the power of His Holy Spirit.

Ann Dunagan

cornelia seigner said...

God is doing amazing things- keep up the great work- you inspire us here in comfortable USA-

cornelia seigneur