Thursday, January 24, 2013

What has Iran done with Pastor Benham Irani ?

The last we heard, the man needed immediate medical attention and that was in July 2012.   The internet does not have any more news on the pastor after that date.  

Anugrah Kumar writing at ChristianPost:
....An Iranian pastor serving a six-year term  in prison for his faith is being denied hospital treatment for severe bleeding due to stomach ulcers, a Christian rights group has said, warning he might otherwise succumb to the illness within weeks or months.

Benham Irani, pastor of the Church of Iran in the city of Karaj in Alborz Province and currently in Ghezal Hesar prison, is suffering from severe bleeding due to stomach ulcers and complications with his colon which caused him to lose consciousness temporarily last week, the U.K.-based Christian Solidarity Worldwide said in a statement.

The rights group added that sources close to Pastor Irani fear that he may have months or weeks to live.

The 41-year-old pastor, who was sentenced to six years imprisonment under the charges of "action against the state" and "action against the order," has also received death threats from fellow prisoners and sustained regular beatings from his cell mates and prison authorities........

....Present Truth Ministries last week reported that Irani was briefly taken to a hospital where he was diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer. But he needs hospitalization, as his health is constantly failing. He is losing his eyesight, has difficulty in walking, and now has a bleeding ulcer.

The pastor, father of two, accepted Christ in 1992, and became a pastor in 2002.....

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