Skip to comments.Iranian pastor won’t face death for apostasy: official
Posted on 10/02/2011 7:42:55 AM PDT by Cardhu
Iranian pastor Yusef Nadarkhani will not face the death penalty for apostasy but is a traitorous Zionist who has committed security crimes, an official said on Friday, according to Fars news agency, amid a Western outcry over his sentence.
Nadarkhanis lawyer told AFP that the remarks by Gholam-Ali Rezvani, deputy governor general of the northern province of Gilan where the pastors case is being reheard, were the first time security offences had been mentioned.
Rezvanis comments were also the first public remarks by an Iranian official about Nadarkhanis case.
The issue of crime and of capital punishment of this individual is not a question of faith or religion in our system, one cannot be executed for changing their religion, Fars quoted Rezvani as saying.
Nadarkhani was, however, a Zionist, a traitor and had committed security crimes, said Rezvani, who is responsible for security and political affairs in the province.
Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, Nadarkhanis lawyer, told AFP that Rezvanis remarks were the first time authorities had cited security offences against his client.
On the apostasy, that is exactly what we were told in front of the court, he said. However, there was no mention of security offences during the trial. These new accusations should be examined by the courts.
Nadarkhani, now 32, converted from Islam to Christianity at the age of 19 and became pastor of a small evangelical community called the Church of Iran.
He was arrested in October 2009 and condemned to death for apostasy under Islamic sharia law, which allows for such verdicts to be overturned if the convicted person repents and renounces his conversion.
After his conviction was upheld by an appeals court in Gilan province in September 2010, Nadarkhani turned to the supreme court.
In July, the supreme court overturned the death sentence and sent the case back to the court in his hometown of Rasht, in Gilan province.
Dadkhah said on Wednesday he was optimistic Nadarkhani could be 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, he said.
However, we offered our explanations and I think the court was convinced. I am optimistic there is a 95 percent chance he will be released in the final ruling, which I expect by the end of next week, Dadkhah added.
Several Western countries have condemned the death sentence against Nadarkhani and called for his release, including the United States, Britain, Germany, France and Poland, current chair of the European Union.
Yusef Nadarkhani, now 32, converted from Islam to Christianity at the age of 19
and became pastor of a small evangelical community called the Church of Iran.
An Iranian official says Nadarkhani will not face the death penalty for apostasy.
Maybe he will be put to death for some other crime.
I heard now he was sentenced to death for rape.
Some are saying he has been accused and I found one that says he has been sentenced, all on the same day so I am not sure:
Iranian Pastor Sentenced to Death for Extortion and Rape
The ACLU is backing the rights of Muslim children in American to pray in school. But not Christians or Jews. Tell me what makes sense about these people's thinking...
He has one with him who is more powerful then the Iranian Government who never will abandon him and will stand by him no matter what they throw at him.
Exactly. They’ll find some other crime to hang him with, or wait until the noise goes down or some other global distraction occurs and then they’ll hang him. They’ll also force the remaining family members to embrace islam and learn what real peace and freedom are (sarc.)
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