Updated: Apr 21
On 27 July 2019, Rokhsareh (Mahrokh) Ghanbari was convicted of "propaganda against the system" and sentenced to one year in prison.
In August 2019, the US Vice President Mike Pence mentioned her by name and demanded her freedom in a tweet, as well as expressing his support for religious freedom in Iran.
On 14 October 2019, Mahrokh started serving her prison sentence at Kachui Prison in Karaj. On 2 March 2020 she was released temporarily for 36 days because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but was later informed on 2 April that she would not have to return to prison.
Middle Eastern Concern writes: "With the outbreak of COVID-19 in Iran, around 85,000 prisoners have been released, including some Christians. However, those Christians convicted on political charges, such as ”acting against national security” have been refused release, along with other political prisoners."
Source: Middle Eastern Concern
Thank the Lord that so many Christians, including Mahrokh, have been released in prison.
Pray for their safety now as they return to their homes where they still might be persecuted.
Pray for religious freedom in the country.