TEHRAN, IRAN (Worthy News)– Prominent Iranian house church pastor Behnam Irani is still beaten in his prison but less frequently, an official assisting him with advocacy said Monday, just weeks after his family expressed concerns he may die.
“We have learned that the beatings are still happening, however they no longer happen on a daily basis, but periodically,” Jason DeMars, director of the Present Truth Ministries rights group told Worthy News.
He said however that Behnam has had intestinal bleeding, or bloody stool, for roughly six months among other ailments. “He has requested to visit the hospital or a doctor and they have denied his requests,” DeMars said, adding that his group has urged supporters to “Please pray for his healing and deliverance from the bleeding.”
Yet, “Despite his difficult circumstances, his faith remains strong and he is joyful,” added DeMars.
Irani, who is in his 40s and married with two children, has been behind bars in a prison of Karaj city where he led a congregation of the Church of Iran house church movement.