In Iran, Christians Naser Navard Gol-Tapeh and Fariba Dalir were released from prison on October 17 and 18.
On October 17 and 18, two Christians were released from Evin prison in Tehran, Iran. They are Naser Navard Gol-Tapeh and Fariba Dalir.
Naser Navard Gol Tapeh was pardoned by the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamanei. He had been sentenced to 10 years in prison for "acting against national security by forming and establishing illegal house churches."
Fariba Dalir had been arrested by agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in July 2021 and had been sentenced to five years in prison. A sentence reduced to two years after the judge recognized an error.
It is not known whether these releases are linked to the situation in Evin prison. On October 15, a fire broke out there. A witness inside the prison told the with the BBC Persia "from more than 200 shots".