Jailed Iranian Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani and 3 Other Christians Await Appeal Verdict

Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani

A verdict on the appeal by Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani and three other members of the Church of Iran denomination will be issued on 11 May, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide. The four Christians are currently serving ten year prison sentences on charges of ‘acting against national security’ by ‘promoting Zionist Christianity.’

CSW reports that Pastor Nadarkhani, Mohammadreza Omidi, Yasser Mossayebzadeh, and Saheb Fadaie were initially arrested in Rasht on 13 May 2016 during a series of raids by security agents on Christian homes. In July 2017, they were found guilty and sentenced by Judge Ahmadzadeh, head judge of the 26th Branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Tehran, who is accused of overseeing miscarriages of justice, and is subject to financial sanctions in the United Kingdom.

According to CSW the four Christians were released on bail pending an appeal, but were informed on 2 May 2018 that the sentences had been upheld. They were subsequently re-arrested in a series of raids from 22-25 July 2018 and taken to Evin prison to serve their sentences. Pastor Nadarkhani and Mr Omidi have also been sentenced to an additional two years of internal exile, on top of their ten-year sentences.

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SOURCE: Assist News,