Christian pastors jailed in Iran
Two pastors imprisoned in Iran
- Duration 3:44
- Date Dec 30, 2012
Two pastors imprisoned in Iran
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We have told you the story of the running Christian pastor Yousef not a Connie jailed in Iran for converting from Islam to christianity after being held for years.
He was released in September only to be -- imprisoned on Christmas Day.
His attorney has also been jailed and that's not at all.
Iran has now holding -- Iran -- but now a US citizen a pastor who was visiting his family in Iran when he was stopped by the revolutionary guard and -- -- -- spent -- months.
Joining us senate talk about these two cases Jordan secular executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice too and thanks for permanent -- We -- that the worst was over with pastor not a Connie it sounds like he's back.
Christmas Day we got the message that he had been arrested summon back the same prison same prison official.
He got release series 33 days short of a full three years in prison.
But he put up bond and he did it was as a bail basically and head yeah that was in September.
September -- now this is December -- fifth.
Those days are over he did the bond he was on probation no problems have been traveling around been talking.
Went back to life and then on Christmas Day the running regime shows up and says you're backing Joseph would have been the first Christmas you got to -- -- this family.
In three years is two young boys and his wife that didn't happen now they're saying it's 45 days he needed to do some paperwork but his.
Very tough time -- no attorney I mean attorney based in jail -- what monitoring closely hoping that this is not going to escalate.
There's always that you know when you show -- in Iran in jail.
You don't always come out and we see that time and time again so -- -- not a good thing off.
Well and we know you'll keep an -- and that -- an updated but now we have -- second case which is with the Christian pastor again he's running -- but he is a US citizen was there visiting family.
How the world can they hold.
32 years old dual citizen.
His -- -- his wife his two children six and to six and for both US citizens as well born here in the country was visiting his family runs eight orphanage there had made an agreement.
When he became a Christian and had some trouble with the Iranian regime with the intelligence police that he would not do any kind of evangelize it anymore.
If you could still come back and build this -- it's not a Christian orphanage.
And they said OK that was the intelligence points this year the Iranian revolutionary guard got involved -- -- when daughter -- we've seen this shift in Iran.
-- it's no longer the police were loyal to the executive branch.
These are the ones who were loyal to the Ayatollah himself this the toughest he is in the worst prison in Iran the same place -- not a condit's attorneys.
He was being beaten.
By al-Qaeda officials.
People who were actually to -- they were being held there because they're more extreme than the regime itself.
I talked to his wife last night who's in the United States -- has been on Fox News and she said one great thing -- been and she that he was able to communicate to his family.
Who's under house arrest in Tehran.
That since Fox News reported this story these al-Qaeda so called -- can be Iranian officials for all we know just intimidating.
They are all out of the -- -- one and the one guys are gonna beat him up.
Just that did not happen until the story -- public so it's there's good news we also know the Iraqi regime knows about this because their their press is talking about it.
He quickly -- -- need help from the State Department and US officials on us.
This has been interest in the State Department -- -- a lot more this is not not a Connie and Iran and this is an American citizen is the same rights as you and I do.
He was he's in jail national security crimes a very big charges this is a prison where blogger got arrested around and are in October he's about four days and the -- so.
Every day is a -- your life.
In the State Department said well we're -- we're not gonna say a lot more they acknowledge that the spokeswoman did.
But we don't -- a lot more because the family's privacy while obviously the -- been on Fox News they're talking about it -- we don't go.
Public -- was we have to -- -- because some of life's a risk state department's lead to more art please keep us updated Jordan on both of these cases thank you for your work on them think it.