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Iran: 11 Christians acquitted after communion-wine arrest

May 23, 2011

An Iranian judge has acquitted 11 Iranian Protestants who were arrested on charges of alcohol use after drinking wine at a communion service. The court cited an article in the Iranian constitution that permits Christians to “perform their religious rites and ceremonies.”

“In a climate where evangelical Christians are regularly targeted by the regime, this acquittal is a very welcome development,” said Mervyn Thomas, head of Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

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  • Posted by: rpp - May. 23, 2011 4:44 PM ET USA

    A hopeful and welcome surprise.