While a jailed Iranian pastor has been released, two other
Christians remain behind bars and one is very ill.
Youcef Nadarkhani, who spent over a thousand days in prison for
his beliefs, has been
released a second time and returned to his family. However,
Attorney Tiffany Barrans of the American Center for Law & Justice tells
OneNewsNow that now someone else is paying a price: Nadarkhani's
"He has represented over 20 different individuals of the
Christian faith who had been accused of apostasy, changing their
faith from Islam to Christianity, and was able to get them all off
the charges," she says.
"But the moment that attention was sort of withdrawn from Youcef
Nadarkhani's case, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah -- his lawyer -- found
himself in one of the most notorious prisons in Iran."
The attorney is serving a 10-year sentence and has been
disbarred. Other human rights defenders are also in prison. Benham
Irani, a member of Youcef Nadarkhani's church, is in prison and is
"Many report that the regime would rather see him die of natural
causes from lack of adequate medical care in the prison system than
see him released because he had been doing so much for the work of
God in Iran," Barrans adds.
Saeed Abedini, an American of Iranian descent, remains jailed
in Iran. ACLJ is encouraging people to sign a petition on their
behalf on their website and write letters to them in care of
An American-Iranian pastor remains in jail in Iran on trumped up
charges. Though he faces an 8-year term in a violent prison, his
family members in Idaho are enduring the situation and remain
hopeful for positive news.