Protesting American pastor Eddie Romero released

Protesting American pastor Eddie Romero released

A retired American pastor arrested on Monday for protesting outside Evin Prison has been released from custody and is set to be deported.

Eddie Romero was protesting against the detention of Christians in the prison. His protest was live-streamed until he was arrested.

Pastor Romero’s daughter, Sarah, reported yesterday that she had been told her father would be sent back to the United States today.

She added: “You want your loved one to be well and safe and never do anything risky, but knowing my dad, we realise that he is cut out for this kind of a thing. And we support him 100 per cent.”

Sarah Yetter revealed more about the motives behind her father’s mission to Iran at a news conference published on YouTube yesterday. 

A spokesperson for the US State Department, in a brief statement, said: “We are aware of the reports that a US citizen has been detained in Iran and, due to privacy consideration, have no further comments or details this time.”

Pastor Romero recently retired from leading a church in California and now lectures in philosophy. He is also the founder of Exodus8one, a group set up to support the rights of Christians and other religious minorities around the world.

After his arrest, a pre-recorded video of Pastor Romero was released on YouTube, calling for the release of the Christian prisoners Farshid Fathi, Saeed Abedini, Mostafa Bordbar and Alireza Seyyedian, as well as the human rights lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, who had defended Christians including Yousef Nadarkhani.

In the video, the pastor says he would be proud to be arrested trying to defend them.

In 2008, Eddie Romero was arrested in China when calling for the release of five Christians during the Beijing Olympics. That time also he was detained for 24 hours and then deported.