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Report: Iran releases Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

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By Doug Powers  •  September 8, 2012 01:31 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Michelle has written extensively about Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who was sentenced to death in that country for refusing to renounce his Christian faith. After three years in prison, there is finally some great news:

Nadarkhani, 32, was imprisoned for three years and waiting execution for refusing to renounce his Christian faith. His charges were lowered to evangelizing to Muslims, which carried a three-year sentence. He was released with time served, according to the American Center for Law and Justice, a Washington-based watchdog group that had been campaigning for the pastor’s release.

“Today our sources in Iran reported that Pastor Youcef was acquitted of apostasy and released from prison. After languishing in prison for almost three years, he has been reunited with his family,” Jordan Sekulow, executive director of ACLJ said in a statement to FoxNews.com.
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“While we praise the release of Pastor Youcef, we must recognize that Iran felt obligated to save face among its people and continue its pattern of suppressing religious freedom with intimidation tactics,” Tiffany Barrans, a legal director for ACLJ said to FoxNews.com.

“International attention to this matter saved this man’s life, but we must not forget the human right of freedom of religion includes the right to freedom of expression.”

(h/t The Right Scoop)

**Written by Doug Powers

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