Iranian pastor sentenced without court hearing
Pastor Matthias Hagnejad received a five-year prison sentence for "acting against national security".
Pastor Matthias Hagnejad found that his five-year prison sentence was upheld after Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamanei, gave the judges reviewing his verdict special permission to bypass court procedures, International Christian Concern has learned.
Judge Mohammed Moghiseh, who was sanctioned this past December by the U.S. for his role in religious freedom abuses, was the primary lead on their cases. He refused Pastor Hagnejad and eight other church members the opportunity to choose their own legal representation and then transferred them to Evin Prison when they rejected a court appointed lawyer.
Smaller house churches in Iran are under heavy pressure because the Islamic theocracy considers them as security risks.
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