Christian Post - Brazilian Christians Use Rio UN Conference to Plea to Iranian President to Release Youcef Nadarkhani
By Andrea Madambashi, ChristianPost.com
Good diplomatic relations between Brazil and Iran are seen as hopeful for the efforts to release Pastor Nadarkhani.
According Jordan Sekulow, director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) in the United States, who is monitoring the case, the only thing that can save the pastor is continued international pressure, particularly from countries such as Brazil that have close ties with Iran.
Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, 34, has pastored for a network of house churches in the Middle East country. Before his arrest in 2009, he was the pastor of a 400 person congregation in the Gilan province. Nadarkhani was arrested in October 2009 for protesting the mandatory teaching of Islam at his children's schools. His charges were later changed to apostasy and attempting to evangelize Muslims.
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