Iranian Pastor acquits of religious charges
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, an Iranian pastor sentenced to death for apostasy has been acquitted and released, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide. CSW, which supports the persecuted church, has been informed that Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been freed from prison and is now at home with his family. Pastor Nadarkhani made an appearance in court today during which the apostasy charges against him were dropped. However, he was found guilty of evangelising Muslims and sentenced to three years in prison.
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Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani released
CSW had expected the pastor to face new charges in court today for unspecified crimes, but he was instead released. It's Chief Executive, Mervyn Thomas said he was delighted over Pastor Nadarkhani's release. "We commend the Iranian judiciary for this step, which is a triumph for justice and the rule of law," he said.
"While we rejoice at this wonderful news, we do not forget hundreds of others who are harassed or unjustly detained on account of their faith, and CSW is committed to continue campaigning until all of Iran's religious minorities are able to enjoy religious freedom as guaranteed under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is party."
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