Christian Convert Mohammad Reza Omidi Receives 80 Lashes for Drinking Holy Communion WinePublished by Ali on October 18, 2020
International Liberty Association: The clerical regime lashed Iranian Christian convert Mohammad Reza Omidi 80 times for drinking communion wine. The sentence was carried out on Wednesday, 14 October 2020, at the Prosecutor’s Office of Rasht.
Mr. Mohammad Reza (Yuhan) Omidi finished his 2-year sentence on 14 September after which he was sent to exile to Borazjan, in the southern province of Bushehr. The authorities informed him that he must return to Rasht to receive his lashes.
Agents of the Ministry of Intelligence attacked a house church ceremony on 13 May 2016, arresting Christian convert Mohammad Reza Omidi, Mohammad Ali Mosayyebzadeh, Zaman Fadaii, Yousef Nadarjani and his wife.
On June 24, 2017, Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court sentenced Yuham Omidi to 10 years in prison and 2 years of exile to Borazjan. A Revision Court subsequently commuted his sentence to 2 years.
He finished serving his sentence on 18 August 2020, and was released from Evin Prison and sent to Borazjan to serve his 2 years in exile.
He had also been lashed in 2013 for the same reason.
Double pressure on Christians in Iran
Many Iranian Christians are in prison in Iran for practicing their faith. Heavy bail bonds and exile sentences are additional pressures that the Iranian regime imposes on Christians.
In another example, Ebrahim Firouzi, also a Christian covert, was arrested in 2013 for practicing his faith. He served his sentence in Rajaishahr Prison of Karaj and was released on 26 October 2019. Then again, on 12 November, he was sent to the city of Sarbaz, in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan to serve 2 years of internal exile.
International organizations have repeatedly censured the Iran suppression of religious minorities, including the Christian converts, for practicing their faith.
Judges presiding the trials in the clerical regime’s courts have been instructed to consider maximum punishments for religious minorities and particularly the Christian converts.
ILA: Iran criminalizes conversion to Christianity, and severely restricts the faith practiced by Armenian and Assyrian Christians.