Skip to comments.Eleven Christians receive death threats as false charges emerge against Nadarkhani
Posted on 10/03/2011 9:09:44 AM PDT by bimboeruption
Eleven Iranian Christians who fled Iran in the wake of a government campaign against evangelical Christianity have received threats via email from the unknown soldiers of the Hidden Imam calling on them to either repent or face extra-judicial execution. The unknown soldiers are alleged to have links with Iranian security services.
The email, which was sent to each individual on 14 September, warned the recipients that although they may have managed to flee Iran, they are not hidden from the acute eyes of the unknown soldiers, who claim they have been advancing to the heart of the Zionist regime over a number of years. The email concludes by offering the eleven Christians the opportunity to repent and ask forgiveness from the presence of the Hidden Imam [the 12th Imam, the Messiah-figure in Shia Twelver theology] and the Great Allah. Otherwise, according to the Fatwa given by Mehdi the Hidden Imam, they must be killed.
Reverend Samuel Yeghnazar of Elam Ministries, who has been closely involved in the house church movement in Iran, has indicated that he and his network of churches are taking the threat very seriously.
Meanwhile in Rasht, the written verdict of the most recent trial of Pastor Nadarkhani is still being awaited. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the fate of the pastor may now lie in the hands of the local religious leader, Ayatollah Ghorbani.
Following a demonstration in support of Pastor Nadarkhani organised by CSW, the Iranian Embassy in London released a statement claiming that fears of a death sentence were unsubstantiated. However, in a worrying development, disinformation has been spreading in recent days concerning the charges against the pastor. These include claims that he was found guilty of rape, and accusations that he is a Zionist working against the Islamic Order. Sources close to the case have expressed fears that efforts may be underway to formulate spurious charges in order to justify the sentence.
The threat to the lives of the eleven Christians, together with the continuing threat of execution of Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, are indicative of what Pastor Yeghnazar terms the utter hypocrisy of a government that claims Christians live in freedom. Protestant Christians, along with many other religious minorities, do not enjoy religious freedom in Iran and in the past eleven months at least 137 Christians have suffered arbitrary arrests and interrogations and nearly forty have been kept in prison for several weeks. One Christian from Tehran, Fashid Fathi-Malayeri, has been imprisoned for nine months, several weeks of which were spent in solitary confinement. He has had no access to a lawyer and still has not been informed of the exact charges against him. His wife and two small children have fled Iran for their own safety.
CSWs Chief Executive Officer Mervyn Thomas said, The threat against the eleven Iranian citizens in the Diaspora is an appalling and vicious move by a group suspected of close association with the Iranian security forces. It is vital that countries hosting Iranian refugees and asylum seekers ensure these vulnerable people receive adequate protection, and make it clear to the Iranian authorities that cross-border assassinations are wholly unacceptable and will not be tolerated. In addition, with regard to the pastor, CSW is in possession of original court documents which clearly state that the charge against him is apostasy, and that the death sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court. Irans efforts to fabricate fresh charges against Pastor Nadarkhani this late in the day reflect badly on the ruling regime and will only serve to bring the Iranian legal system into disrepute and occasion further questions regarding the independence of the judiciary.
For further information, visit www.csw.org.uk.
Human cockroaches hiding behind anonymity. The “Hidden Iman” is probably hiding in fear of a drone strike—a magic more powerful than the cartoon character these goatherds worship.
Thanks for the ping. This is Islam.
Iran's death fatwas against foreign nationals should meanwhile be met by (1) the foreign nationals in question arming themselves to send any "hidden imams" to their one-on-one meeting with Allah and their 72 virgins, and quite likely with foreign governments taking out Iran's religious judges and ayatollahs as depicted in one of Tom Clancy's novels.
I’m going to look at this from a PsyWar perspective. It could easily be argued that that “Irans efforts to fabricate fresh charges against Pastor Nadarkhani this late in the day” indicates that what Iran calls Islam is a total fraud because no religious judge who actually believed in Allah would bear false witness—and the switch in charges proves that at least one of the accusations is a lie, right up front—in this manner.
The best way to get the Iranian people and army to rise up against the theocrats is to prove to them that their own leaders do not even believe in what they themselves call Islam. Then the Iranian people will do what needs to be done for themselves, possibly with arms supplied by the U.S. and/or Israel.
acute eyes of the unknown soldiers
Has to be a terrible translation. If they are “unknown”, then ... never mind.