On April 24, Vahik Abrahamian, an Armenian Christian, was temporarily released from Evin prison after 53 days in solitary confinement, according to Farsi Christian News Network (FCNN).
Abrahamian and his wife were arrested by undercover officers while returning home from visiting a friend. His wife was released immediately, but Abrahamian was searched and detained. While in prison, he was denied access to a lawyer and was not allowed to speak with his family. Abrahamian finally gained temporary release from prison after paying bail. “The arrest of this Christian man, who is a dual citizen of Iran and the Netherlands, caused great shock and concern among his friends and acquaintances,” FCNN reported. “He had voluntarily returned to Iran to serve his people as a social worker and to demonstrate the love of God to them.”
Abrahamian’s friends told FCNN that he had been giving spiritual counseling and guidance to drug addicts, helping free them from addictions. “His friends testify that he has never engaged in any anti-government activities and all his activities have had spiritual dimensions that have focused on helping those in severe addictions,” FCNN added.
FCNN reported that Abrahamian has been instructed to appear in court once a hearing date has been set. “The release of Vahik Abrahamian has caused great relief and joy among his family and friends as he has returned to his loved ones and those he has been helping through his spiritual counseling,” FCNN said.
The Voice of the Martyrs rejoices in Abrahamian’s release. VOM encourages you to pray for him and other believers who face persecution in Iran. Pray that Abrahamian’s case will be dismissed, and ask God to move on behalf of Christians in prison who are awaiting court dates in cities like Tehran, Shiraz, Mashhad, Isfahan, Qom, Rasht, and Tabriz.