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BREAKING NEWS: Iran Pastor Nadarkhani Rejects Release Offer









 
Friday, January 13, 2012

Nadarkhani still facing execution for abandoning Islam


Iranian Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani has rejected an offer to be released from prison if he publicly acknowledges Islam's prophet Mohammed as "a messenger sent by God" well-informed Christians and rights activists said Friday, January 13.

Iranian authorities reportedly summoned lawyers for Pastor Nadarkhani to his home city of Rasht on December 30, to explain the deal. Local officials indicated they would release the pastor if he agreed to make the statement about Mohammed, Christians with close knowledge about the situation explained.

Pastor Nadarkhani has refused to do so, and remains in prison awaiting a final decision on his case.

Christians said the pastor has made clear that making the demanded statement about Muhammed would amount to abandoning his faith in Jesus Christ.

There is concern about the renewed pressure on Nadarkhani, who faces execution for refusing to recant his Christian faith and return to Islam.
Pastor Nadarkhani was detained in the city of Rasht in October 2009.

In September 2010 he was tried and found guilty of "apostasy", or abandoning Islam, and sentenced to death by hanging.

After further legal wrangling in 2011, during which the pastor refused to recant his faith, his case was eventually referred to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khameini


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