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Iranian Christian Women Acquitted

Two high-profile Christian women were acquitted by judges in Iran in May after they were arrested in March of 2009 on charges of anti-state activity, spreading Christianity, and apostasy.

Maryam Rostampour, 28, and Marzieh Amirizadeh, 31, are both Iranian converts to Christianity. The women, who evangelized and passed out Bibles, were jailed after authorities raided the apartment they shared and found Christian literature. They spent about eight months in prison, and another six months on conditional release while waiting for their trial.

Iran acquitted the women on the charges of spreading Christianity and apostasy. (The anti-state activity charge had been dropped earlier.) But the women were warned that any further actions would be dealt with severely.

The two fled the country, and were reunited with Sam and Lin Yeghnazar, their spiritual parents and founders of Elam Ministries, a ministry to Iranian Christians.

"It was very emotional when we first saw them," Lin Yeghnazar said. "Now, we ...

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