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NEWS RELEASE | Iranian Pastor Released after Three Years in Prison

Youcef Nadarkhani, a pastor from Rasht, Iran, was arrested in October 2009 for denouncing the country’s educational practice that requires children to read the Quran in public schools. In September 2010, Nadarkhani was given the death sentence for apostasy in a provincial court. After appealing the decision, the verdict was upheld by Iran’s Supreme Court in July 2011. Nadarkhani was told his sentence could be overturned if he recanted his Christian faith. “I cannot,”Nadarkhani replied.

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