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Iranian Protestant pastor to be released from prison

July 17, 2015

Farshid Fathi, an Iranian convert to Christianity who organized a house church, will be released from prison in December, two years before his scheduled release.

Arrested in 2010, Fathi was sentenced on charges of “acting against national security… [and] collection of funds and propaganda against the Islamic regime by helping spread Christianity in the country.”

The Russian news agency Interfax reported that the announcement of Fathi’s release followed a letter from Patriarch Kirill of Moscow to Iran’s president asking for clemency.

 


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