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Friday, February 11, 2005

Jailed Christian Pastor

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(Hat Tip: The Black Kettle) In Iran a trial for a 47-year old Assemblies of God pastor begins. This pastor who's name is Pastor Hamid Pourmand was arrested along with 80 believers for practicing their faith. It was only after the release of the other believers and pastors that Pastor Hamid Pourmand was discovered missing.

Pastor Hamid Pourmand (Photo: COMPASS)

Born a Muslim, Pourmand converted to Christianity 25 years ago. "His conversion alone" which a friend said he never kept secret "is ground for the death penalty for, under Islamic law, apostasy is a capital crime," AsiaNews reported in November. Sources say Pourmand will face another trial on two separate charges of apostasy and proselytizing.

Hopefully word can get out amongst the Christian community for this man to be released before he is executed.

Story from the article below:
A 47-year-old Assemblies of God pastor in Iran who was arrested along with more than 80 other Christian leaders last September, went on trial last week before a military court in the capital city of Tehran amid international concern he may face execution if convicted of "spreading Christianity" and "deceiving people about his faith."

Rev. Hamid Pourmand--a Protestant convert from Islam--was one of 86 evangelical church leaders that were arrested as they gathered for the first day of the annual general conference of Assemblies of God in Iran at the church's denominational center in Karaj, 18 miles west of the capital Tehran. Sources say shortly before the meeting began, police burst in, arresting everyone in attendance.

After being interrogated, all those detained were released by nightfall except for ten pastors and elders. When the pastors were released separately late on the night of Sept. 12, they were strictly warned not to contact one another or other members of the church. As a result, it was not until the morning Sept. 15 that the Assemblies of God leadership discovered that Pourmand was in fact still missing.

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