California pastor to be sent home after Iran protest

LA PUENTE — An activist preacher detained in Iran after staging a protest outside a prison will be sent back to the United States, a fellow Southern California pastor said Tuesday.

Eddie Romero contacted his wife by telephone from the Swiss Embassy in Tehran, said Bob Wilcox, pastor at Hacienda Christian Fellowship church in La Puente.

Romero said he would be put on a plane home in the next few days. He said he'd prefer to stay in Iran to continue to bring attention to the detention of Iranian Christians at Tehran's Evin Prison.

The U.S. State Department had only brief comment on the matter.

"We are aware of the reports that a U.S. citizen has been detained in Iran and, due to privacy consideration, have no further comments or details this time," spokeswoman Marie Harf said in Washington, D.C.

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