Alireza Seyyedian is a 37-year-old former Muslim who has been a Christian since 2006. Last year, security forces confiscated his computer during a raid on his apartment. Authorities then discovered video of Alireza’s baptism in Turkey on the computer. In December 2011 he was sentenced to six years in prison, for crimes against national security and propaganda against the regime.
The judge stated
that since Alireza was baptized in Turkey, he was trying to express the
lack of freedom in Iran and was therefore was propagating against the
regime. He was also accused of holding regular meetings with former
Muslims and distributing Bibles among youth. They also said he had
communication with Zionist satellite TV channels such as Mohabat TV and
Radio Mojde and shared worship hymns he had written with them. The
verdict also falsely accused him of being a member of the Jesus Only
On March 14, 2012, Alireza was caught seeking to flee Iran
for Turkey. He was arrested and transported back to Tehran where he was
imprisoned in Evin prison. He was put in Section 350 of the prison,
which is where political prisoners are held. That part of the prison is
run by VEVAK, the intelligence service that reports to Ayatollah
Khameini and is beyond the control of Iran’s prison authorities.
According to one report, the conditions of this section of the prison
are unsanitary, and each cell is overcrowded with around 30 political
Alireza has never been married.
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