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Iranian Christian Released After Year-Long Imprisonment for Evangelizing

  • Religion Today
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2012 Jun 19
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An Iranian Christian man who served about a year in prison for sharing his faith was released on June 10, Mission Network News reports. Mehdi "Petros" Foroutan, 27, was one of five Iranian Christians and ministers convicted of blasphemy and crimes against national security on March 8, 2011 for telling Muslims the truth about Jesus Christ. Although the judge ruled that the five were not guilty, the prosecutor appealed the verdict. Foroutan's time spent in prison was difficult and he was put in solitary confinement for a period about a month into his sentence. Although it is one small victory for the persecuted church in Iran, many others remain imprisoned for their faith -- including Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani on death row in Rasht, Iran.