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Iranian Christian pastor, wife and son all face jail terms for “acting against national security”


31 July 2018

Iranian Christian Ramiel Bet Tamraz has become the third member of his family to be sentenced to jail for “acting against national security”. His father, a pastor, and his mother have already been given jail terms of five years and ten years, respectively. Ramiel was previously arrested with four friends, he and one other man were sentenced to four months imprisonment on 11 July.

Iranian Christian Ramiel Bet Tamraz is the third person in their family facing imprisonment for his faith. His mother, Shamiram Isavi Khabizeh, and father, pastor Victor Bet Tamraz, are currently serving five-year and ten-year sentences respectively
Iranian Christian Ramiel Bet Tamraz is the third person in their family facing imprisonment for their faith. His mother, Shamiram Isavi Khabizeh, and father, pastor Victor Bet Tamraz, are currently serving five-year and ten-year sentences respectively

Ramiel was initially arrested in August 2016 when security officials interrupted a gathering of Christian families enjoying a picnic in Firuzkuh, north of Tehran. He and four Christian convert friends, were detained in Evin Prison, where they were held in solitary confinement for long periods and subjected to intense interrogation.

All three members of the family are appealing their sentences.