Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Deported US pastor treated well in Iran

24 October 2013, 13:07

Los Angeles - A Christian US pastor arrived home on Wednesday after being deported from Iran for protesting outside a Tehran prison, denouncing what he called the "belligerent" Islamic regime.

But evangelical preacher Eddie Romero said he was treated well after being arrested Monday and held for over 24 hours in the Iranian capital before being put on a plane out of the country.

"We had long good discussions. The primary interrogator spoke very good English. We really had a serious, serious discussion," he told reporters at Los Angeles airport.

"To me it was just a wonderful time together," he said.

The US pastor staged his protest outside Tehran's Evin prison, calling for the release of five inmates who he said were prisoners of faith and conscience, including an Iranian Christian pastor and a prominent human rights lawyer.

Romero managed to live stream about five minutes of his protest, before being arrested and taken into the prison for questioning, according to organisers, who said he was detained for 32 hours.

He had been travelling with a tour group but left it three days before the protest, and went into hiding. After being arrested and detained overnight, he was handed over to the Swiss ambassador in Tehran, he said.

"I'm a little bit unkempt right now, only because I have spent four nights on the streets of Tehran as a homeless person," said Romero, who is based in southern California, just outside Los Angeles.

"At least that's what I appeared to be, until I was able to go to the gates of the prison and raise my protest, and then be taken in," he added.

Explaining why he did it, he said: "It is for freedom that Jesus Christ has set us free, not for bondage, not for tyranny.

"It's a way of being able to put belligerent governments, those who do not choose to do human rights, to put them on notice."

Romero said he was strip searched twice and interrogated for about six hours, before spending the night in custody.

At one point he was taken before a Mullah. "He was a big stern man ... and he just started laughing, and he laughed because he couldn't believe I actually did that. That really set the tone for the rest of the time.

"These guys were trying to act tough, but they liked me. ..I was treated very well by them. There was never any time that they treated me brutally," he said.

He praised Iran's moderate President Hassan Rouhani, who has made huge efforts to engage with the West since succeeding his hard-line predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"Rouhani is trying to set a new tone. There is some new hope in the air," said the pastor.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...