Christian convert from Islam Ebrahim Firouzi has been in and out of prison in Iran since 2011, and though he was due to be released in January 2015, authorities instead retried him and extended his sentence by five years.
Ebrahim was first arrested on January 11, 2011. At that time, he was interrogated and held in jail for 154 days before being conditionally released. In Iran, this conditional release means authorities can re-arrest you at any time to complete your sentence. In March 2013, he was arrested again and held for 53 days. On July 13, 2013, a court sentenced him to one year in prison following two years of exile for the crimes of:
• propagating against the Islamic regime of Iran
• organizing evangelistic activities
• contact with foreigners and anti-Islamic revolutionary networks outside the county
• administering a Christian website
On Aug. 21, 2013, Ebrahim was arrested again, along with two friends. He was accused of spying. While his friends were later released on bail, he was held in Evin Prison in Tehran, until October 2014 when he was transferred to Rajai Shahr Prison near Karaj.
He was due for release on Jan. 13, 2015, but instead, he was kept in detention, retried in March 2015 and charged with “acting against national security, gathering, and collusion.” He was sentenced to five years in prison.
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