Verdict Confirmed – Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Condemned to Death in Iran

News agencies announce that the death sentence was copnfirmed for Iranian Pastor Youcef Youcef Nadarkhani.

Here are some links about this blatant human rights case:

Final Verdict for Pastor Youcef… Death

White House, State Department condemn Iran on pastor’s execution orders

US State Department – Execution Order for Iranian Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

EU urges Iran to release pastor facing death sentence

Please pray for a miracle!

Execution Orders May Have Been Issued for Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

According to contacts in Iran, the execution orders for Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani may have been issued. Pastor Youcef’s situation — an innocent man convicted and sentenced to death for becoming a Christian — has reportedly not been this dire since his story was first reported (for more on his case, click here). Continue reading “Execution Orders May Have Been Issued for Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani”

Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Refuses to Recant and Faces Execution

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, an Iranian pastor sentenced to death for apostasy in September 2010, refused to recant his faith during four court hearings held on September 25-28. He now faces an imminent verdict of the death sentence, which is expected to be issued within seven days. “They probably won’t kill him today, but they can do it whenever they want,” a source said. “Sometimes in Iran they call the family and deliver the body with the verdict.”

In July, the Supreme Court instructed the Revolutionary Tribunal of Gilan Province to review Youcef’s case to verify whether he was previously a practicing Muslim (for more information, click here). At the recent hearings, the court in Rasht ruled that Pastor Youcef was not a practicing Muslim before becoming a Christian but that he remains guilty of apostasy because of his Muslim ancestry.

Please pray for continued strength and grace for Pastor Youcef. Pray that all charges against him will be dropped. Pray that Pastor Youcef will rely on the Lord to give him the words to say when he stands before accusing authorities (Matthew 10:19). Pray that Iranian authorities will act justly in this case.

A source in Iran has shared that it is critical for foreign governments to negotiate and engage in diplomacy with Iranian authorities about Nadarkhani’s case, adding that Youcef’s predicament could be more hopeful if they intervened.

(Source, Voice of the Martyrs, Canada)

UPDATE

Here is a statement of the White House about this matter (source, HERE):

“Pastor Nadarkhani has done nothing more than maintain his devout faith, which is a universal right for all people,” Carney said. “That the Iranian authorities would try to force him to renounce that faith violates the religious values they claim to defend, crosses all bounds of decency, and breaches Iran’s own international obligations. A decision to impose the death penalty would further demonstrate the Iranian authorities’ utter disregard for religious freedom, and highlight Iran’s continuing violation of the universal rights of its citizens.”

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