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Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani's Death Sentence Upheld by Iranian Supreme Court

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By Michael Ireland, Senior Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani and his wife Fatemah Pasindedih
TEHRAN, Iran (Worthy News) -- An Iranian pastor, convicted of apostasy and sentenced to death, may have only hours or days to live, according to a US-based Christian ministry acquainted with the facts of his case.

Jason DeMars, of Present Truth Ministries, told ANS: “We have been notified that the conviction of brother Youcef Nadarkhani for apostasy, as well as the sentence of death, has been upheld and confirmed by the Iranian Supreme Court.

“The way that this situation is typically handled is that at any time, and without advance notice, they will carry out the death sentence. First, they will ask him to recant, and if he does not, then he will be executed.”

DeMars says: “There is nothing more to be done to help his case from within Iran. The only thing that can affect his case now is international pressure.

“I ask that each of you earnestly pray and follow what God calls you to do. We know that we are called to be faithful unto death and that many are killed for their faith everyday around the world, but as Christians let’s do what we can for Youcef, pray for him and raise our voices against the Iranian regime.”

Youcef Nadarkhani is 33-years-old and from Rasht, in the Gilan province of Iran.

For the past ten years he has been a pastor in a network of house churches. He was previously imprisoned in December of 2006, the charges being apostasy (leaving Islam for Christianity) and evangelism (spreading the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ), but was released two weeks later.

Youcef is married and has two sons, ages 8 and 6. They were attending a local school when the government decided that all children should be taught about Islam, including those from Christian families.

Youcef went to the school and protested this based on the Iranian Constitution, which allows for freedom to practice religion. As a result, the secret police called him before the political tribunal in Rasht, Iran on October 12, 2009. At that time he was arrested, charged for protesting, and has been in prison in Lakan (which is seven miles south of Rasht) ever since. Later the charges were changed to apostasy and evangelism to Muslims.

DeMars told ANS that throughout this time he has had access to an attorney, and has been allowed visits from his wife, children, and friends.

“However, for the first month in prison and two weeks before his trial up until now the visits and meetings with his attorney have been limited. They have used various methods to try to convert him back to Islam, including giving him pills, apparently in an attempt to claim that he was insane.”

Because Youcef’s faith remained strong, Iranian authorities decided to arrest his wife in order to place more pressure on him. On June 18th, Fatemah Pasindedih was arrested and placed in prison in Lakan.

DeMars said: “During this time their boys went to live with a relative. Both Youcef and his wife Fatemah were threatened by authorities that their children would be taken away and given to a Muslim family.

“Youcef was not swayed to turn back to Islam, so his wife was put on trial without an attorney, and sentenced to life in prison. An attorney was later hired and the sentence appealed. The sentence and conviction were overturned and she was released.”

On September 21 and 22, 2010, Youcef was put on trial, and verbally given the sentence of death. A written verdict was delayed and then delivered, on November 13, 2010, by the 1st Court of the Revolutionary Tribunal. He is to be executed by hanging for the crime of apostasy. Twenty days are allowed to appeal the sentence with the Supreme Court of Iran.

DeMars said Youcef is now in the secret police security prison in Lakan. He has been held in solitary confinement. Recently he has been allowed visits from his attorney and wife once a week.

DeMars concluded: “Please contact your elected officials using the principle of the Importunate Woman of Luke 18:1-8 who had the judge listen to her because she continued to bother him. Please help us as we tirelessly fight against this conviction against our brother.

“It is critical that we continue to pray for Pastor Youcef and make our voices heard. Please reach out to your elected officials and to the international news media so that Youcef’s fate will come to light.”

Used with Permission from Assist News.

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22 thoughts on “Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani's Death Sentence Upheld by Iranian Supreme Court

  1. oh Lord! may your will be done. protect pastor youcef and his family. strenghen him such a way he changes his mind.

  2. Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to you now and ask that you place a hedge of protection arount Youcef and his wife as they serve you and are committed to you.  Touch the officials' hearts' who ever is over their case and open their eyes so they may see Youcef has done no wrong!  Provide peace to Youcef's family now and let them know everything will be ok I ask you in Jesus' name, Amen!!

  3. Let's see if I understand this correctly.....
    It is against the law (religious and civil) to attempt to convert someone from Islam...? If Islam is indeed the only true path, shouldn't it be selling itself rather than being forced on folks? They (Muslims) should consider it an honor when someone tries to convert them rather than a crime. If it is indeed the only true religion, they shouldn't have any fear what so ever that someone would want leave the religion. The fact that it is a crime tells me that internally, the Islamic leadership knows that there is much to be afraid of from the rest of the religious world and that their own followers are looking for something else that Islam can't deliver. If you have the best product, your competition shouldn't scare you at all, if fact, you should welcome your competition as an opportunity to really showcase you own product and demonstrate how much better your product really is...
    Just thinking out loud....

  4. Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you now and ask that you stand with our brother now in this hour as he stands for you, We ask that you will deliver him. We do ask in thy precious name, The Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,Eph 3:15  Amen

  5. Oh Heavenly Father, creator of all there is,
    Sustainer of the Universe, He alone who is able to do all which please Him, in
    Jesus’ Name I come to you in supplication. God of Armies I lift up the name of Youcef
    Nadarkhani to You Heavenly Father, and I ask that You would task Your
    angels to watch over him and protect him and his house and his family. You have
    given us the Great Commission and in hostile environments just like the
    Apostles of the book of Acts, he has done Your Will.

    Many of us that read his story say we love you,
    but we fail to witness to our next door neighbor for fear they might not like
    what we have to say. But oh how beautiful are the feet of Youcef Nadarkhani
    who preaches the gospel in the belly of the enemy.

    Oh God of Host, Jesus’ name I ask that You would
    protect and watch over him and his family, let truth and the knowledge of Jesus
    Christ be his shield and his buckler against all that the enemy shall put
    before him. Holy Spirit guide him out of this raging furnace and that his life
    may be a testimony of Goodness and even more men of Iran shall be added to that
    local church. I pray this with the full expectation of seeing a miracle happen in
    his life for Your glory in Jesus’ name Amen

  6. Does any one know the fath of this young Christian? I most likely know these barbarians have excuted him as I write this note. This article was posted June 2011. He will be in Heaven with OUR LORD.

  7. We pray...I am thinking of the 3 Hebrew men, our God will and can deliver us..but if he don't I he can. We that are living in the USA it will come a time we too will go though something like this, yet we are going though also in many ways, but whole fast, Jesus is there all the time, he looks down and he is saying my child. Please don't  change your mind and fall in the devil hands, at the end you will wish you didn't.

  8. free this man now!!!!! we the people demand that the untied nations inervene to save this man..this has got to stop!!!!!!!!! prayers for youcef,his family and all those who are being persecuted..lord jesus protect them and save them from this evil tyranny.

  9. Now that is true Christianity, being a martyr for the sake and cause of Christ. How many of us are willing to stand on in this manner? Of course that does not happen in this country. Iran, yes the will kill muslims for apostasy.
     I pray God protects him from this evil, but if not, will not be in vein!

  10. Our Father In Heaven, May your name be kept Holy, May your Kingdom come soon, as it is in heaven Lord, let your will be done on earth, give us our daily bread and father please don't lead us into temptation but instead deliver us from the evil one, let us forgive those who sin against us, the same way you have forgiven us. Father, I come to you and ask that you send a charge of your ark angels to release Pastor Youcef out of prison the same way you released the Great Apostle Paul out of Rome after being a prisoner for two years. Protect him Father with your consuming fire and let your wings cover him and keep him well protected and shielded from any attacks the enemy may want to bring against him and his lovely family. Father give him and his family lots of wisdom, courage
    and strenghth and continue to bless them and increase their faith. (Psalm 103:1-22) In JESUS NAME I PRAY... AMEN, AMEN!! 

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