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Germany Halts Deportation Iranian Christian

By BosNewsLife News Center

7/27/2006 Iran (BosNewsLife) German evangelical news agency IDEA said the Administrative Court in the Bavarian town of Ansbach decided that 30-year-old Reza Mamipourabri can stay in Germany .

During the trial Mamipourabri’s lawyer, Oswald Seitter expressed concern over “anti-Christian declarations” made by Iran ’s current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and what he called the “increasingly unfriendly climate for Christians” since the latest Middle East crisis began with fighting between Israel and militants in Lebanon and Gaza .

IDEA quoted Seitter as saying that the ruling was “a hopeful sign” for other former Muslims wanting to live as Christians in Germany . Friends launched a massive campaign, collecting signatures in support of Ahmadinejad’s bid to stay in Germany .

Following a BosNewsLife report, American Christians collected money to invite Ahmadinejad, who works as an evangelist, to the United States . His supporters said the Iranian might face the death penalty or at least imprisonment and torture in Iran because of his decision in 1995 to become a Christian.

Several other Christian converts have been jailed, tortured and even killed in the Islamic republic. Iran ranks third on the Christian rights group Open Doors’ World Watch List of countries with the worst persecution of Christians.

Germany is not the only country where Iranian Christian coverts could face expulsion as neighboring the Netherlands has been considering similar steps.

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