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Iranian Pastor Imprisoned Since 2010 Gets Early Release


Iranian Pastor Farshid Fathi with his family

According to details, pastor Farshid Fathi an Iranian pastor who has been behind the bars since 2010 because of his Christian faith, has just been given an early release date. He received the official report about his release earlier this month.

Oficials from the Iranian Elam Christian Ministries state: We are very grateful to announce that Iranian Christian prisoner Farshid Fathi has been told by prison officials that he will be released on Dec. 10, 2015. He had previously expected to remain in prison until December 2017.

In 2010, Farshid was arrested in Tehran from his home by agents of the Intelligence Ministry back in on 26th of December. After arrest he was swiftly taken to Evin prison because of his Christian ministry work. Since his arrest till February 2011, he was detained in solitary confinement and was frequently undergoing violent interrogation. Afterwards, he was held in a small cell with one other person in Section 209 of Evin.

Subsequently, while facing trial at Branch 15 of Revolutionary Court in Tehran, he was convicted by Judge Salavati for “action against the national security” by working together with foreign organisations for evangelism. The judge sentenced him to six years of imprisonment. He was then moved to section 350 of Evin. Afterwards he made appeals against this sentence, but there was no real hope. All the while he was not willing to let go of his Christian faith.

Later on, he was transferred to Rajai Shahr prison where he was charged an extra year of imprisonment over false charges. When his lawyer appealed against the sentence, Farshid was granted release two years earlier than his sentenced imprisonment.