Sep 292011

"Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani"

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, an Iranian Church leader, has been sentenced to death for refusing to return to Islam. He became Christian from Muslim at the age of 19, and he was arrested after that.

Now, Nadarkhani has denied the proposal of Iranian authorities and court to accept Islam again for which he has been sentenced to death by the Supreme Court of Iran.

Iranian authorities arrested him for apostasy in 2009 and sentenced him to death under Islamic Sharia law.

The pastor was spared by a supreme court appeal ruling in July, his laywer told AFP, but was again condemned to death after the case was reheard at a court in his home town of Gilan, according to media reports.

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