Ramin Parsa, an ex-Muslim Christian pastor who was stabbed in Iran, imprisoned in Turkey, and then arrested in the Mall of America for sharing his testimony with interested Muslim women, faces a settlement conference in March and likely a trial in April. The State of Minnesota has continued to prosecute his case, even though the Mall of America was wrong to accuse him of trespassing in the first place.
While the Mall of America seems the main culprit in Parsa's story, the State of Minnesota has taken up the case. "Actually in my hearing documents, it says 'state of Minnesota vs. Ramin Parsa.' So the state is my oppressor," the pastor told PJ Media on Thursday. He also shared a report from his lawyer, detailing the results of a pre-trial hearing that took place on December 11.
"Pastor Parsa’s pre-trial hearing was held on December 11, 2018 but the matter was not resolved," the lawyer wrote. "The city attorney’s office is continuing to prosecute Pastor Parsa for allegations of misdemeanor trespassing."
On the short end, Parsa's legal battle will have lasted seven months. Yet it seems unlikely the State of Minnesota will drop the case that easily.
"When we came out of the coffee shop, three guards were waiting for us, and they arrested me right there," Parsa told PJ Media back in September. "They came after me and arrested me, and said, 'You cannot talk religion here.'"
Parsa told security he was a pastor. "They told me, 'We arrested pastors before,'" he recalled, still shocked by the answer. "It was something normal for them, they were used to it."
Parsa said his confinement in "mall jail" reminded him of the KGB, the Soviet secret police during the Cold War. The pastor compared his mistreatment in Minnesota to the persecution he faced in Iran and Turkey.
In September, the pastor insisted that persecution against Christians is real in America, and not just because of his story. "Christians are being persecuted and bullied, and nobody says anything to defend them," the pastor said.
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