Rejoice! Pastor Nadarkhani released, acquitted of apostasy
His Grace has been informed that Yousef Nadarkhani, the Church of Iran pastor sentenced to death for apostasy, has been released and is now at home with his family.
According to reliable sources (via CSW), during court proceedings that took place today, Pastor Nadarkhani was acquitted of apostasy, but found guilty of evangelising Muslims. He was sentenced to three years imprisonment for the latter charge, but released because he had already served this time.
CSW’s Chief Executive, Mervyn Thomas said: "CSW is delighted to learn of Pastor Nadarkhani’s release after a long incarceration. We commend the Iranian judiciary for this step, which is a triumph for justice and the rule of law. While we rejoice at this wonderful news, we do not forget hundreds of others who are harassed or unjustly detained on account of their faith, and CSW is committed to continue campaigning until all of Iran’s religious minorities are able to enjoy religious freedom as guaranteed under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is party.”
His Grace thanks his readers and communicants for their prayers. Rejoice!