Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Re-Arrested, Imprisoned by Iranian Government

| by Michael Allen

Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was re-arrested and imprisoned on Christmas Day in Iran.

Pastor Nadarkhani had been imprisoned under a death sentence for apostasy for almost three years before being acquitted and released in September.

The Iranian government was under intense international pressure to release Pastor Nadarkhani, which they finally did, but put him on probation for the the 45 remaining days of his sentence.

However, the Iranian government has broken its word and re-arrested Pastor Nadarkhani, who was torn away from his wife and two young boys on Christmas Day, and is now requiring Nadarkhani to spend the 45 days in jail.

Fox News reports: “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.”

Pastor Nadarkhani’s Iranian attorney, Dadkhah, who was instrumental in securing his release, is currently in one of Iran’s most abusive prisons, Evin prison. 

Dadkhah's health is deteriorating under the desperate conditions of his imprisonment. He was imprisoned soon after Youcef’s release in retaliation for defending human rights.