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ICC Note: Iranian Pastor Rasoul Abdollahi was released for prison after being held for more than one year. Yet, even as he left the prison a number of other Christians were detained in another series of raids by Iranian intelligence officers. Estimates are that nearly 100 Christians are currently imprisoned in Iran.

02/27/2015 Iran (World Watch Monitor) After spending more than one year in prison, for ‘collusion against the [Iranian] government’ and ‘evangelism,’ Iranian pastor Rasoul Abdollahi has been released from prison.

Abdollahi, a leader in Iran’s house church movement, was arrested Dec. 26 2010 and released last week, Feb. 16. His arrest was the same day as a number of other Christians during a widespread crackdown on church activity.

According to agency Middle East Concern, his release came with strict conditions preventing him from participating in Christian activities; any violation would result in his re-arrest and requirement to fulfil his original sentence.

Initially arrested by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry, he was detained and interrogated for two months before being released on bail and then sentenced to three years in prison in December 2013. Abdollahi, along with Rev. Farshid Fathi and other Christians sentenced at the same time, was then detained in Evin Prison, Tehran.

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