A Christian woman was sentenced to five years in prison for acting against national security.
Ms. Shamiram Essavi, an Asyrian, has been accused of espionage and acting against national security for launching home churches, participating in Christian seminars abroad, and educating Christian leaders.
Her court was held on January 6, 2018, but she objected to the court’s verdict and is now awaiting an appeals court.
Ms. Essavi’s husband, pastor Victor Bet Temrz has been sentenced to 10 years in jail.
Pastor Victor, his wife and son along with 12 other Christian converts were arrested simultaneous with Christmas celebrations on December 26, 2014.