Iranian Officials Pressure Imprisoned Pastor to Return to Islam
Iranian officials are trying to convince an imprisoned pastor to return to Islam while he awaits word from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on whether he should be executed for converting to Christianity ...
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#1 Nov 9, 2011
"According to Barrans, Nadarkhani was arrested October 2009; he was tried and found guilty of apostasy by a lower court in Gilan, a province in Rasht, after which he was told of an impending death-by-hanging sentence. His lawyers appealed this decision in December and the case was sent to Iran's Supreme Court. In June, the court upheld the lower court's decision provided it could be proven that Nadarkhani had been a practicing Muslim from the age of 15 up to 19 when he converted to Christianity.
"Although the lower court ruled that Nadarkhani had not practiced Islam as an adult, it still upheld the apostasy charge because he was born into a Muslim family; the court then gave Nadarkhani the opportunity to recant his beliefs and return to Islam, but Nadarkhani has repeatedly refused."
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