Iran re-arrests Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani on Christmas Day

ICC Note:

Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was re-arrested on Christmas day to complete a three-year prison sentence after being released from prison on bail in September. Nadarkhani has roughly 45 days remaining on his sentence, Fox News reports.

By Lisa Daftari

12/26/2012 Iran (Fox News) – The Iranian Christian pastor who had been imprisoned in Iran for converting from Islam to Christianity was taken into custody again on Christmas Day, according to several Iranian media sources and individuals close to the pastor and his family.

Youcef Nadarkhani, 35, had been summoned to return back to Lakan Prison in Rasht, the facility where he served time and was then released, based on the charge that he must complete the remainder of his sentence, according to several reports and confirmed by those close to Nadarkhani in Iran.

In September, the pastor was acquitted of apostasy, but the court maintained his three-year sentence for evangelizing Muslims. As he had already served close to three years, the pastor was freed after posting bail.

The court had then stated that the remainder which equaled roughly 45 days, would be served in the form of probation.

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