A Christian woman who was detained as part of Iran’s crackdown on devoted Christian converts has been released after more than nine months imprisonment, but concerns remain over other jailed believers, Worthy News learned January 1.

Shahla Rahmati, the director of “a successful electronics company”, was freed December 20 following 287 days behind bars in mainly Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, confirmed Elam Ministries, a mission group founded by Iranian church leaders.

Iranian Christians said she was sentenced to at least two and a half years imprisonment on charges such as “membership of an illegal group”, in reference to her Christian activities.

An appeal court apparently overturned her conviction, Christians said, but it was not immediately clear when that ruling was made. Rights groups and lawyers have complained that Iran’s judiciary is often clouded in secrecy.

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