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Iran Re-Arrests Christian Pastor
Iran Re-Arrests Christian Pastor
Iranian authorities have re-arrested a Christian pastor who was freed from prison and acquitted two months ago on charges he converted from Islam to Christianity.

Youcef Nadarkhani was taken back into custody on Christmas Day, according to the British group Christian Solidarity Worldwide and the American Center for Law and Justice.

The two organizations had led the global effort to free Nadarkhani, who was arrested in 2009 and sentenced to death on charges of apostasy for converting to Christianity. He spent more than 1,000 days in jail — some of that time in solitary confinement — before being freed in September by an Iranian court.

Nadarkhani has been re-arrested to serve the remainder of a three-year sentence he had received for helping Muslims convert to Christianity, CNS News reported. He was originally told he could serve the remainder of his sentence on probation.

Mervyn Thomas, chief executive of Christian Solidarity Worldwide, stated: "We are disappointed to hear Pastor Nadarkhani has been returned to prison in such an irregular manner. The timing is insensitive and especially sad for his wife and sons, who must have been looking forward to celebrating Christmas with him for the first time in three years."

For good measure, the Iranian regime has sentenced Nadarkhani’s attorney, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, to nine years in prison for working to free the pastor.

Iran had earlier sentenced Nadarkhani’s wife to life in prison, but her sentence and conviction were later overturned.
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