Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Re-Arrested, Imprisoned in Iran | American Center for Law and Justice
  Search  |  Login  |  Register

ACLJ Profile Completion

Verified

Pastor Youcef Re-Arrested on Christmas

By Matthew Clark1356541676000

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

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

Now, in a clearly malicious move, Pastor Youcef was torn away from his wife and two young boys on Christmas Day.

Fox News confirms, “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.” The Iranian court has ordered that he serve the 45 remaining days of his sentence, which he had previously been told he would serve as probation.

Iran’s flagrant disregard for international law by imprisoning this Christian for a second time for his faith did not occur coincidentally on Christmas Day.  Iran is increasingly persecuting Christians and anyone who is willing to defend them.

To make matters worse, Pastor Youcef’s Iranian attorney, Dadkhah, who was instrumental in securing his release earlier this year, is currently in one of Iran’s most notoriously abusive prisons, Evin prison. We have confirmed that his health is quickly deteriorating under the desperate conditions of his imprisonment. He was imprisoned soon after Youcef’s release in apparent retaliation for his career spent defending human rights against the radical Islamic Iranian regime’s assaults.

In addition, American Pastor Saeed Abedini remains imprisoned in Evin, merely because of his Christian faith.

Iran’s brutal repression and persecution of Christianity has not gone unnoticed.  The type of immense international pressure placed on Iran earlier this year that led to Pastor Youcef’s prior release may be the only hope for freedom for these men.  Please continue to pray, Tweet for Youcef, and sign petitions for their freedom.  We are aggressively working to attain their freedom, and will keep you informed as new information becomes available.

Latest in
Middle East

JSL - President Trump: ISIS Leader Died Like a Dog

By Jordan Sekulow1572295435533

Yesterday, President Trump announced that the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, died during a U.S. Special Forces raid over the weekend. Last night was a great night for the United States and for the world. A brutal killer, one who has caused so much hardship and death, has violently been...

read more

Radio Recap: Understanding the Conflict in Turkey

By Jay Sekulow1570654077324

There’s been a lot in the news over the last few days regarding the situation with Turkey, Syria, and the Kurds. On today’s Jay Sekulow Live , we took our time to discuss the very interesting convergence of activity in Turkey. You have Turkey looking to take on Syria, specifically the Kurds in...

read more

JSL: Iran Attacks Saudi Arabia. U.S. “Locked and Loaded”

By Jordan Sekulow1568663615501

In breaking news, Iran directly attacked Saudi Arabia, and according to President Trump, the U.S. is “locked and loaded.” On today’s Jay Sekulow Live , we discussed an attack Saturday on a Saudi oil facility, drastically affecting oil output. It was initially believed to be a drone attack by the...

read more

Taliban Peace Deal was Not A Deal

By Wesley Smith1568152594036

President Trump decided over the weekend to cancel secret, direct talks with leaders of the Taliban, after yet another suicide bombing that killed another U.S. soldier. While the talks, scheduled for Camp David, were a secret—the efforts for a “peace deal” with the Taliban has been very public and...

read more