Pastor Detained in Iran Returning to the US

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A California pastor who was detained in Iran on Monday is expected to go back home by the end of the week.

Pastor Eddie Romero was arrested for protesting the imprisonment of Christian converts and a human rights advocate outside a Tehran prison.

He crossed into Iran from Turkey with a tour group on Oct. 14, broke away last Thursday night, and reappeared Monday at Evin Prison.

Why do Iran's leaders fear Christianity? David Yeghnazar of Elam Ministries answers this and more on CBN News Today, Oct. 23.

According to his daughter, he used a smart phone to broadcast online part of his protest and eventual detention. He was held for questioning and then let go.

Romero hoped to raise awareness about Christians imprisoned because of their faith - among them Pastor Saeed Abedini.

He also protested the imprisonment of a non-Christian, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, a human rights advocate and lawyer who defended dissidents.

Romero was arrested in Beijing during the 2008 Olympics after demanding the release of five Chinese activists.

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