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October 2014

A pastor in Iran has been charged with ‘waging war on God’, a crime that is punishable by death in the Muslim country. According to a newsletter from Barnabas Fund, Pastor Matthius Haghnejad was arrested at his home in Bander-e-Anzali on 5 July, charged with enmity against God.

Two other converts from Islam, Mohammed Roghangir and Suroush Saraie, were also detained, and security agents seized Bibles, Christian booklets and the pastor’s personal computer.

On 3 August, the pastor was charged with Moharebeh or ‘waging war against God’ after being interrogated for two hours. Moharebeh is a capital offence in Iran, although the 2013 Islamic Penal Code prohibits the death penalty for charges not involving the use of a weapon.

Barnabas Fund said no news has emerged of Mohammed or Suroush since their arrest.


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