Nine Iranian Christians released from jail

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Nine Iranian Christians released from jail
Pastor Matthias Abdulreza Ali Haghnejad from the Church of Iran was initially sentenced to five years in prison – along with eight other members of the church.
By BEN ZION GAD
Published: JANUARY 5, 2022

A church leader in Iran was among nine Christians released from Iranian prison within the last week. The release is pending a review of their sentences. Pastor Matthias Abdulreza Ali Haghnejad from the Church of Iran was initially sentenced to five years in prison – along with eight other members of the church – for “endangering state security” and “promoting Zionist Christianity” following a brief trial in September 2019.

Pastor Haghnejad originally appealed the sentencing in early 2020 as he hoped to avoid the Iranian prisons that had become COVID-19 epicenters, though his appeal was rejected in February 2020 without a hearing after Ayatollah Khamanei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, reportedly permitted the judge to bypass court procedures.

International human rights group CSW (Christian Solidarity Worldwide) has followed Haghnejad’s story and advocated for his release, issuing a statement at the time of his arrest that read “We are deeply concerned by the lack of due process in Pastor Matthias Haghnejad’s case, and that of the eight other members of the Church of Iran, who have been sentenced alongside him. CSW believes that the charges against them are without basis and continues to call for their immediate and unconditional release.”

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