Government has run decade-long campaign against church leader

By Bob Unruh

A Christian pastor who has been in and out of Iranian prisons for a decade, since he converted from Islam, now is free again.

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom confirmed this week that Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani had been released.

Nadarkhani, a convert from Islam and the leader of a 400-member house church, most recently had been arrested in 2018 and kept in jail on charges of acting against national security and promoting “Zionist Christianity.”

The Iranian government first attacked him in 2010, when he was accused of apostasy and evangelism, and sentenced to death, a sentence that later was dismissed.


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