Iranian Pastor Davoud Alijani Released from Karoon Prison

pastor Davoud Alijani

A pastor at the Assemblies of God Church of Ahwaz, who had been imprisoned for his faith, has been released.

According to a story by Mohabat News, Davoud Alijani (also known as David), was released from Karoon Prison on Jan. 13, after spending 257 days locked up.

He was released with 20 days remaining on his original prison term.

Security authorities had raided a Christmas celebration on Dec. 23 2011, and arrested Alijani and a number of other members of the Ahwaz Assemblies of God church.

Those arrested were threatened, interrogated, and had their personal information and addresses recorded. Everyone except Pastor Farhad Sabokrouh, his wife Shahnaz Jayzan, and two church ministers, Naser Zamen-Dezfuli and Alijani, were released after a few hours.

Mohabat News said the four detainees were charged with converting from Islam to Christianity (apostasy), proselytizing Muslims, and working against the Islamic regime through evangelism.

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Jeremy Reynalds