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Iranian authorities release son of hanged pastor

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“But scores of other Iranians who have become Christians are still in jail for their faith. Many of those could face execution, because the Iranian Parliament has called overwhelmingly for the death penalty for Muslim converts.”

10/26/2008 Iran (Christian Today)-The Iranian authorities last week released on bail the son of a Christian pastor who was hanged for converting to Christianity. Ramtin Soodmand, a leader in the Evangelical Church of Iran in Mashhad , is charged with anti-government activities.

He was released on bail on Wednesday and has since been reunited with his wife and two children.

Release International, which serves persecuted Christians worldwide, has launched an appeal to support the Christians of Iran. It welcomes Ramtin’s release, and is calling for more prayer and support for persecuted Christians in Iran .

“We’re pleased Ramtin has been allowed to leave custody,” says Release CEO Andy Dipper. “But scores of other Iranians who have become Christians are still in jail for their faith. Many of those could face execution, because the Iranian Parliament has called overwhelmingly for the death penalty for Muslim converts.”

The authorities hanged Ramtin Soodmand’s father, Pastor Hossein Soodmand, in 1990. Other pastors have been assassinated by unknown killers.

“Many more Christian leaders could be killed if Iran brings in the death penalty for apostasy,” says Andy Dipper. “The Iranian authorities have taken it upon themselves to execute their own citizens who exercise their basic human right to choose their own religion. Please join us in praying and putting pressure on Iran to scrap this proposal.”

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