GroundHog Daze – Islamic Version: Iranian Christian Pastor Nadarkhani Re-Arrested in Tehran

Youcef Nadarkhani - Christian Pastor(CNSNews.com) – The Iranian Christian pastor who was acquitted just  two months ago on charges he converted from Islam to Christianity and  freed from prison has reportedly been re-arrested in Iran.

Sources close to Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, including the British  group Christian Solidarity Worldwide and the American Center for Law and  Justice (ACLJ), say the Iranian Christian pastor was reportedly taken back  into custody on Christmas Day.

Both organizations had led the worldwide effort to free Nadarkhani,  who was arrested in 2009 and sentenced to death on charges of apostasy for converting from Islam to Christianity.

Nadarkhani, who spent more than 1,000 days in jail, was freed in September by an Iranian court, which acquitted him on the apostasy  charges.

According to the sources, Nadarkhani was re-arrested by Iranian  authorities to serve the remainder of a three-year sentence he had  received for helping Muslims convert from Islam to Christianity. The  sentence was upheld in September by the same Iranian court which had  acquitted him of blasphemy.

christian pastor youcef nadarkhani

In November, Nadarkhani travelled to London, where he spoke at a human rights conference, thanking thousands of activists who sent tweets, e-mails, cards and  calls to Iranian authorities demanding his freedom.

Meanwhile, the Tehran regime has sentenced Nadarkhani’s attorney,  Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, to nine years in prison for working to free the  Christian pastor.  (article)

Youcef Nardarkhani and family

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4 Responses to GroundHog Daze – Islamic Version: Iranian Christian Pastor Nadarkhani Re-Arrested in Tehran

  1. elvischupacabra says:

    Wow! At this rate, the Iranian Legal Ministry will sink as low as Holder’s “Just Us” Department in no time at all!

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  2. Sharon says:

    Nothing surprising in this.

    There is no one in our government who has either the ability or the willingness to function in international relationships in a way that protects individuals anywhere in the world, certainly not in Iran.

    This kind of crazy-making is going to escalate.

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