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Yousef Nadarkhani, who had been arrested on Christmas day for the second time, to serve 45 days remaining from his three year sentence, was conditionally released from Lakan prison in Rasht after 19 days in prison.

According to Mohabat News, sources reported that Yousef Nadarkhani who had been arrested on Christmas day for the second time, was released on January 7, 2013, at noon, after being held in prison for 19 days.

As knowledgeable sources claim, the General Prosecutor of Gilan province issued his conditional release verdict. The condition on his release verdict states that he must report to the prison for final administrative processes before the designated deadline.

Yousef Nadarkhani received a summons from the Revolutionary Court asking him to report to the Lakan prison in Rasht to serve the remainder of his sentence that was issued in 2006. He adhered to the summons and reported to the prison, where authorities arrested him immediately.

It seems Nadarkhani's arrest on Christmas day was intended to terrorize Christians and create an atmosphere of insecurity so that they would not gather in one place with Nadarkhani to celebrate Christmas.

It is worth noting that Mr. Nadarkhani had been found guilty of actions against national security in 2006 and was sentenced to three years in prison. Considering the time he has already spent in detention for other charges and for which he was subsequently acquitted, he must still serve another 45 days in prison.

Also, Deutsche Welle news service reported on January 5, 2013 that Hermann Gröhe, Secretary General of Christian Democratic Union (CDU) expressed his concern over the violation of Human Rights in Iran, in a letter to the Iranian ambassador to Germany.

He said the primary reason for writing this letter is the repeated arrest of Yousef Nadarkhani. In his letter, Mr. Gröhe addressed the Iranian ambassador to Germany and said, "I was deeply shocked and angered when I heard that Yousef Nadarkhani was arrested for the second time."

He said he was especially "surprised" that Mr. Nadarkhani was arrested on Christmas day.

Mr. Gröhe told Iran's ambassador "it is unbearable".

He noted, "As you know, I had already declared Nadarkhani's conviction unbearable, and considered it a restriction of Human Rights and religious freedom in Iran."

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