India refuses to let US pastor leave country 3 months after arrest for being Christian

By The Christian Post

Pastor Bryan Nerren leads the International House of Prayer Ministries in Shelbyville, Tenn. | Photo: Facebook/ International House of Prayer Ministries

A Tennessee pastor is still being barred from leaving India three months after his arrest even though a customs case against him for allegedly not paying duty on the money he brought into the country has been resolved, according to a lawyer representing the family. 

Cece Heil, senior counsel with the American Center for Law and Justice, told The Christian Post that pastor Bryan Nerren was scheduled to have a hearing before a court in Siliguri on Thursday morning as his case has gone back and forth between customs and the court system.

There was some hope, even though small, she said, that Nerren — the founder of a nonprofit that serves in Nepal called the  Asian Children’s Education Fellowship — could be given back his passport and allowed to leave the country since he paid a fine related to what advocates say is an unfair charge of evading duty payment.

Source:The Christian Post