Mostafa Bordbar, a Christian resident of Rasht (northern Iran), was unexpectedly released from Evin prison on 3 November, following 11 months in prison. All charges were dropped after a hearing by the appeals court on 30 October.
In an appearance before the appeals court, Mostafa was granted an opportunity to defend himself regarding the charges that were made against him. As a result of the hearing, all charges were dropped and he was granted release from prison.
In June of this year, an initial court had sentenced Mostafa to 10 years in prison for being part of a ‘dissident group’ and ‘undermining national security’. However, his lawyer, Ms Shima Ghousheh, a member of the Human Rights Commission in Iran, appealed the decision in hopes that with the statements she prepared the charges would be dropped.
Mostafa was arrested along with 50 other Farsi-speaking Christians on 27 December 2012. These believers had gathered in northern Tehran to celebrate Christmas and worship the Lord in the home of a fellow believer.
Sources: Mohabat News, Fox News, American Center for Law and Justice
- Thank God for Mostafa’s release.
- Pray for God’s protection over him and his family.
- Pray that the appeals of other imprisoned believers in Iran will also result in their being released.