By Southern Baptist Press, SbCBaptistPress.org
Iranian officials may have issued an order to execute a pastor at the center of a high-profile case that has drawn international attention, according to a legal group that has followed the case. . . .
The American Center for Law and Justice Tuesday (Feb. 21) quoted its sources as saying pastor Yousef (also spelled Youcef) Nadarkhani could be executed at any time. Nadarkhani was convicted and sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity.
"Pastor Youcef’s situation -- an innocent man convicted and sentenced to death for becoming a Christian -- has not been this dire since we first brought his case to your attention last year," the ACLJ said on its website. "It is unclear whether Pastor Youcef would have a right of appeal from the execution order."
The ACLJ statement said simply, "We are hearing reports from our contacts in Iran that the execution orders for Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani may have been issued.". . .
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