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Lawyer hopes Iran Christian pastor will be freed

Telegraph - Sept 29, 2011
The lawyer for Yusef Nadarkhani, an Iranian pastor facing the death sentence for converting from Islam, has said he is "optimistic" that the final verdict could see his client set free./ "Our last court session was held on Wednesday. Mr Nadarkhani did not repent and the last court verdict said he would face a death sentence if he did not," Mohammad Ali Dadkhah said./ "However, we offered our explanations and I think the court was convinced. I am optimistic there is a 95 per cent chance he will be released in the final ruling, which I expect ...

 

Lawyer Hopes Iranian Christian Sentenced to Death Will be Freed

VOA News - Sept 29, 2011
The lawyer for an Iranian Christian pastor, sentenced to death for renouncing the Muslim religion, says he hopes an appeals court will set his client free. Attorney Mohammad Ali Dadkhah said Thursday he thinks there is a “95 percent chance” of acquittal for Youcef Nadarkhani, who appeared in court this week. The 32-year-old converted to Christianity at the age of 19 and became a pastor of a 400-person Church of Iran congregation in the northern city of Rasht. He was arrested in 2009 and sentenced to death after the court convicted him of ...

 

Iranian pastor refuses to reject religion, faces execution

CNN - Sept 29, 2011
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, the head of a network of Christian house churches in Iran, could be executed as soon as midnight Wednesday in Tehran for refusing to recant his religious beliefs and convert to Islam, said the chair of a commission that monitors religious freedom around the world. A statement by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent advisory group appointed by the president and Congress, "expressed deep concern" for the man's fate. After four days of an appeals trial for apostasy, ...

 

Youcef Nadarkhani, Iranian Pastor Faces Execution For Refusing To Recant His Christian Faith

Huffington Post - Sept 28, 2011
WAHSINGTON (RNS) Religious freedom advocates rallied Wednesday (Sept. 28) around an Iranian pastor who is facing execution because he has refused to recant his Christian faith in the overwhelmingly Muslim country. The British-based group Christian Solidarity Worldwide has asked international supporters to urge Iranian officials to halt plans to execute Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. The pastor was found guilty of apostasy last year, and the conviction has been upheld by the Iranian Supreme Court. If carried out, the execution would mark the ...

 

Lawyer for Iranian pastor on death row hopes appeals court may acquit his client

Washington Post - Sept 29, 2011
TEHRAN, Iran — The lawyer of an Iranian pastor sentenced to death for apostasy is hopeful an appeals court will acquit his client. Attorney Mohammad Ali Dadkhah says he believes in a “95 percent chance” of acquittal for 32-year-old Yusuf Naderkhani./ Naderkhani turned to Christianity when he was 19 and later became a pastor in the northern Iranian city of Rasht. He was convicted of apostasy in 2010 and remains in prison in Rasht. Dadkhah told The Associated Press on Thursday that he has appeared before the appeals court over the past four ...

 

Lawyer: Appeals court may acquit Iranian pastor

Yahoo! News - Sept 29, 2011
TEHRAN, Iran – The lawyer of an Iranian pastor sentenced to death for apostasy is hopeful an appeals court will acquit his client. Attorney Mohammad Ali Dadkhah says he believes in a "95 percent chance" of acquittal for 32-year-old Yusuf Naderkhani. Naderkhani turned to Christianity when he was 19 and later became a pastor in the northern Iranian city of Rasht. He was convicted of apostasy in 2010 and remains in prison in Rasht. Dadkhah told The Associated Press on Thursday that he has appeared before the appeals court over the past four ...

 

Iranian Pastor Faces Execution for Refusing to Recant Christian Faith

Fox News - Sept 28, 2011
An Iranian pastor who has refused to recant his Christian faith faces execution as early as Wednesday after his sentence was upheld by an Iranian court. Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who maintains he has never been a Muslim as an adult, has Islamic ancestry and therefore must recant his faith in Jesus Christ, the 11th branch of Iran's Gilan Provincial Court ruled. Iran's had ordered the trial court to determine whether Nadarkhani had been a Muslim prior to converting to The judges, according to the American Center for Law & Justice, demanded ...

 

William Hague urges Iran to spare life of pastor facing execution

Telegraph - Sept 29, 2011
William Hague has urged Iran to spare the life of a pastor reportedly facing execution for refusing to recant his Christian faith and return to Islam.

 

Iranian pastor refuses to reject religion, faces execution

CNN - Sept 28, 2011
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, the head of a network of Christian house churches in Iran, could be executed as soon as midnight Wednesday in Tehran for refusing to recant his religious beliefs and convert to Islam, said the chair of a commission that monitors religious freedom around the world. A statement by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent advisory group appointed by the president and Congress, "expressed deep concern" for the man's fate. After four days of an appeals trial for apostasy, ...

 

Christian Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani faces potential execution

Washington Post - Sept 27, 2011
Just days after Iran released two Americans accused of spying, an and therefore must recant his faith in Jesus Christ. Iran’s supreme court had previously ruled that the trial court must determine if Youcef had been a Muslim before converting to Christianity. However, the judges, acting like terrorists with a hostage, demanded that he recant his faith in Christ before even taking evidence. The judges stated that , they have to uphold the previous decision of the 27th Branch of the Supreme Court in Qom./ When asked to “repent” by the judges, ...

 



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