Released on December 30, a pastor has just returned to prison in Iran for a sentence overturned in 2014

"And perhaps the most astonishing element of Matthias's sudden re-arrest and imprisonment is the similarity of the charge in the old case, of which he was once acquitted, and in the new one, which was referred for review just two months ago. »

Abdolreza Ali Haghnejad is an Iranian pastor. Released on December 30, he was released from Anzali prison, while eight other Christians were released from Evin prison.

However, the religious freedom organization Middle East Concern revealed that the pastor has just been arrested again to serve a sentence that was canceled in 2014.

Article 18 reports that Abdolreza Ali Haghnejad, known as Matthias, was "suddenly summoned" to the Judgment Enforcement Office in his hometown of Bandar Anzali in northern Iran, Iran. where he was then transferred to Anzali prison, which he had left on 30 December last.

Article 18 is surprised by the “similarity of the accusation in the old case”.

"And perhaps the most astonishing element of Matthias's sudden re-arrest and imprisonment is the similarity of the charge in the old case, of which he was once acquitted, and in the new one, which was referred for review just two months ago. »

On the website of the organization Middle East Concern, Iranian Christians launch a call to prayer for Matthias. They call for consolation, his release, and the thread of persecution of converted Christians and other religious communities in Iran.

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