BREAKING: Three Azeri Pastors Released from Iranian Prison
ICC NOTE: According to the religious freedom organization Middle East Concern, three Azeri pastors arrested in Iran back in June have been released on bail and returned home. The news broke yesterday after the pastors arrived home in Baku, the capitol of Azerbaijan, located along the Black Sea. The pastors had attended a wedding of a friend in Tehran, Iran when authorities raided the event arresting the pastors and seven other people. They have been wrongfully imprisoned for four months until efforts by both domestic and foreign advocacy groups secured their release and return home. Continue to pray for the pastors and the families as they now work to recuperate and return to their normal lives.
11/7/2016 Azerbaijan (Middle East Concern) – Eldar Gurbanov (48), Yusif Farhadov (51) and Bahram Nasibov (37) from Baku in Azerbaijan had been invited to attend a gathering to bless a newly wedded couple in Tehran, and wanted to spend three days as tourists in Iran. On Friday 24th June security agents raided the wedding party and initially arrested ten people, most of whom were quickly released. However Eldar, Yusif, Bahram and Naser (an Iranian Christian convert) were taken to Evin Prison for interrogation.
Eldar, Yusif and Bahram are all married and have children. Yusif has a young son with Down’s Syndrome.