Pastor freed from Iraqi prison after Tulsa pastor, Inhofe intercede

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 4/24/2013 8:58 am Published: 4/23/2013 4:30 pm

A Tulsa minister and Senator Jim Inhofe helped a pastor be freed from an Iraqi prison.

FOX23 News first reported on the imprisonment of Pastor Jamal Hamzah in February.

Hamzah was imprisoned north of Mosul after men raided his home and arrested him without charges in 2011.

Before that happened Dr. Terry Law had been in Iraq delivering food to refugees with his friend, "we were in a very dangerous area and there were people in that area who saw what we were doing and they knew we were American and they knew we were Christian."

After Hamzah was put in an Iraqi prison, Law wrestled with how to help while in the United States, "how can I influence something that's happening halfway around the world?”

Law contacted Senator Jim Inhofe for help, "I called Jim's office and he agreed to write a letter on Jamal's behalf to the prime minister of Kurdistan."

With those letters Law and his team traveled to Kurdistan to meet with government officials. Law was told the only way Hamzah could be released would be through personal amnesty, similar to a presidential pardon.

“No president has ever offered any Christian pastor who has converted to Christianity from Islam, ever offered private amnesty," said Law.

On April 4th, Law received an email that their efforts had worked and Hamzah had been let go, "Jamal comes on the phone and he says, Terry Law and then he began to sob and he sobbed and sobbed and sobbed. It was a very emotional moment for me."

Iraq released Hamzah on a humanitarian basis due to his severe headaches, later discovered to be caused by nodes in his sinuses.

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