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Rachel takes sponsorship for imprisoned Christian in Iran

Frankfurt am Main/Teheran (idea) – The Federal Chairman of the Protestant Working Group (EAK) of the CDU/CSU, the Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Rachel, has taken the political sponsorship for the Christian Mohammad Mosayebzadeh who is imprisoned in Iran. The politician is working with the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) to secure his immediate release.

Mosayebzadeh was arrested in May 2016 along with three other members of the Protestant-reformed “Church of Iran” during a worship and released on bail in early June.

In July 2017 an Islamic Revolutionary Court sentenced the former Muslim to 10 years in prison for “endangering national security by spreading Christianity.” The verdict was upheld by an appeal court. He has been serving his sentence in the notorious Evin prison in Tehran since July 2018.

Martin Lessenthin , spokesman of the board of the ISHR, welcomed Rachel’s commitment to a political prisoner who is imprisoned for religious reasons. On several occasions, Thomas Rachel had already worked for political prisoners together with the ISHR.

The Islamic Republic of Iran systematically disregards the rights of its citizens, according to the human rights organization

Members of ethnic, religious and political minorities are subject to multiple discrimination: Repeatedly, there are arbitrary arrests, convictions without fair trials, abuses and executions of dissidents.