Despite applying for asylum in Sweden, Reza Jebbari, an Iranian who converted to Christianity during a visit to Azerbaijan in 2010, faces imminent deportation back to his homeland, CBN reports. Last month, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran, said that more than 300 Christians have been imprisoned in Iran since mid-2010. Most of those Christians were imprisoned for being apostates (Christian converts from Islam). If deported, Jebbari may receive the same punishment.
By Steve Little
12/23/2012 Iran (CBN) – An Iranian convert to Christianity seeking asylum in Sweden is once again facing deportation to Iran, according to his pastor. If he’s sent back to Iran, the convert, Reza Jebbari, could be imprisoned or even put to death for leaving Islam.
CBN News first reported on Jebbari’s case last month when Swedish authorities rejected his application for asylum and ordered him deported. A few days later, a Migration Board official announced they were halting the deportation process and granting Jebbari another hearing.
Now, Jebbari’s pastor, Cai Berger, tells CBN News that another migration official has denied the request for asylum and police are seeking to take Jebbari into custody and begin the deportation process.
Jebbari’s lawyer has already filed another appeal, but Berger says they are puzzled at the government’s persistence in its attempts to deport the Christian convert.