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Iranian Protestant pastor, once sentenced to death for apostasy, freed from prison

January 07, 2013

An Iranian Protestant pastor whose treatment by the Iranian regime has attracted international attention has again been released from prison.

Yousef Nadarkhani, a convert from Islam, was acquitted of apostasy charges in September but found guilty of evangelizing Muslims, for which he was re-imprisoned on Christmas Day. His original 2010 death sentence on apostasy charges was not carried out following an international outcry.

Nadarkhani’s attorney, a leading Iranian human rights lawyer, remains in prison following a ten-year sentence for “actions and propaganda against the Islamic regime.”


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