Appeal hearing of Iranian Christian sentenced to five years prison
Tehran: May 10, 2018. There was an appeal hearing for Assyrian Christian Shamiram Isavi Khabizeh, wife of pastor Victor Bet Tamraz. On 6 January, Shamiram was sentenced to five years' imprisonment by Judge Ahmadzade of Tehran Revolutionary Court for acting against national security and acting against the regime by organising small groups, attending a seminary abroad and training church leaders and pastors to act as spies.
During the appeal hearing, which lasted about three hours, the prosecutor and the judge spoke disrespectfully to Shamiram and accused the whole family of a variety of unsubstantiated crimes against the regime. Shamiram's lawyer was allowed to speak, but Shamiram herself was not given an opportunity to respond to the allegations.
It is anticipated that there will be a further appeal hearing soon, but no date has been given.
Shamiram's husband, Pastor Victor, was sentenced on 4 July 2017 to ten years' imprisonment for acting against national security. Together with pastor Victor, three Christian converts, Amin Afshar Naderi, Kavian Fallah Mohammadi and Hadi Asgari also received prison sentences of between ten and fifteen years for similar "offences". Their sentences are under appeal after a preliminary hearing on 25 April.