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Sunday, September 09, 2012
CHRISTIAN PASTOR YOUCEF NADARKHANI FREED AFTER 3 YEARS IN IRANIAN PRISON
The Iranian pastor whofaced executionfor refusing to renounce his Christian faith was freed Saturday after three years in prison in his native country, a group campaigning for his release said.
Youcef Nadarkhani, 32, had been jailed in Iran since 2009 on apostasy charges following his conversion to Christianity. His charges were lowered Saturday to evangelizing Muslims, a three-year penalty, but he was credited for time already served and released, Fox Newsreported.
“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 the Washington, D.C.-based American Center for Law and Justice told Fox News in a statement.