Iranian pastor taken to Evin Prison after violent raid on home

By World Watch Monitor

Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been taken to Evin Prison in the capital, Tehran, after a violent raid on his home in the northern city of Rasht on Sunday (22 July).

The pastor was sentenced to ten years in prison in July of last year, alongside three members of his congregation, and had been expecting a summons to serve his sentence, as World Watch Monitor reported last month.

However, rather than being summoned, as is customary practice, plain-clothed officers forced their way into the church leader’s home early on Sunday morning after his teenage son Danial had opened the door, Kiaa Aalipour from London-based advocacy organisation Article 18 told World Watch Monitor.