U.S. Pastor Detained In Iran Reported Released
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||23 October 2013|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, U.S. Pastor Detained In Iran Reported Released , 23 October 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/526fafc64.html [accessed 1 March 2017]|
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A U.S. clergyman who has been held in Iran since October 21 has told relatives he will be returning home on a flight arriving in Los Angeles later on October 23.
Eddie Romero spoke to his family by telephone on October 22 from Tehran. Romero traveled to Iran to protest the imprisonment of Christian converts in the Islamic republic.
On October 21, he appeared outside Iran's Evin Prison and began shouting, "Let my people go" in Persian.
He called for the release of Farshid Fathi, Saeed Abedini, Mostafa, Bordbar, and Alireza Seyyedian, as well as non-Christian rights activist Mohammad Ali Dadkhah.
Romero then surrendered peacefully to prison guards.
In 2008, Romero was arrested in Beijing during the Olympic Games for demanding the release of five Chinese activists.