Published On: Tue, Jul 9th, 2013

Robert Asseriyan, AG Pastor in Iran, released from prison under conditions of ‘silence’

The Iranian regime has released one of the Christian pastors from their prison under strict  terms and conditions.

According to Mohabat News’ correspondents, Pastor Robert Asseriyan, one of the leaders at the Central Assemblies of God Church in Tehran, was released from prison after spending 43 days in custody. Security authorities had arrested him in the middle of a worship service on May 21.

robert-asserian-with-bibleGeneral Superintendent of AG described the arrest in May, “authorities raided Pastor Asserian’s home where they confiscated a computer and several books. Then, they found Pastor Asserian at the church leading the prayer service, immediately arrested him, and announced the church’s imminent closure.”

Reports were widespread that the arrest jeopardized the future of the church.

Asseriyan is released while security authorities have asked him and his family to keep their silence and to not be interviewed by the media regarding his case, his release or his trial. In a way, “Silence” is a condition for his release. This condition had previously been applied to other Christian prisoners.

Mohabat News describes the Iranian motives as “a strategy by releasing prisoners on the condition that they keep their silence. This is done to rebuild the distorted image of the regime in the international community and escape pressure from the media for violating Human Rights.”

Christians have been arrested and imprisoned in Iran merely for sharing their faith or having house-churches.

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