(BP) Iranian pastor Nadarkhani acquitted, freed

Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been acquitted of apostasy and released, ending a saga that drew international attention and saw him spend more than 1,000 days in jail in the face of a death sentence — simply for being a Christian.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reported Saturday (Sept. 8) that Nadarkhani, in jail since 2009, was acquitted of apostasy — that is, converting from Islam to Christianity — but found guilty of evangelizing Muslims. CSW said Nadarkhani was sentenced to three years in prison for that latter charge, but released due to time already served. Nadarkhani said he never was a Muslim.

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7 comments on “(BP) Iranian pastor Nadarkhani acquitted, freed

  1. Ad Orientem says:

    Glory to God!

  2. dwstroudmd+ says:

    Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
    Praise the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost!

  3. Milton says:

    Never did I expect to read such a wonderful, glorious surprise! Glory to God, indeed!!! May He continue to use Pastor Nadarkhani to witness and bring many souls from death to life through the power of the Holy Spirit!

  4. MichaelA says:

    This is awesome. Give thanks for Pastor Nadarkhani’s deliverance, and pray for the many other Christians who remain under threat of persecution and death inside Iran.

  5. dwstroudmd+ says:

    Gloria in excelsis Deo!
    Here’s a tweeted photo of Pastor Nadarkhani’s release: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/christian-pastor-youcef-nadarkhani-reportedly-freed-after-three-years-in-iranian-prison/

    Gloria in excelsis Deo!

  6. NoVA Scout says:

    Thrilling news. I had lost touch with the fate of this man. Prayer works.

  7. Pageantmaster Ù† says:

    Wonderful – thanks be to God. This is good news not only for Nadarkhani but for the many other Christians under threat in Iran, including at least two other pastors in prison.