A Muslim attorney in Iran who has been representing a pastor condemned to death for his Christian faith has reportedly been sentenced to nine years in jail and is expected to begin his term soon. Mohammad Ali Dadkhah told The Guardian that he has “been convicted of acting against the national security, spreading propaganda against the regime and keeping banned books at home.”. . .
Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice, told CNA on May 4 that the news raises serious concerns about the plight of Yousef Nadarkhani, a Christian pastor whom Dadkhah has been representing. . . .
However, if Dadkhah is to avoid prison and Nadarkhani is to be released, countries with influence in Iran – such as Brazil, Russia and Turkey – must get involved, said Sekulow. These key international players “must persuade Iran that its actions contravene international law,” he said. . . .
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