Nasser Gol-Tapeh has been released from Evin Prison, after serving nearly five years of his 10-year prison sentence. On October 17, he was informed that he had been ‘pardoned’, and is now safely home.
Nasser had been in Evin prison since January 2018. He was sentenced to 10-years imprisonment, for
“acting against national security through the formation and establishment of an illegal church organisation in his home”.
Since beginning his sentence, Nasser had three requests for a retrial rejected. He also wrote numerous open letters questioning why his membership of a house church was deemed an “action against national security”. But his petitions were rejected, as were the pleas of his mother last year, for her son to be released.
Nasser’s release comes in the midst of widespread anti-government protests in Iran.