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Iranian Pastor Awaits his Possible Execution as International Tension over Iran Grows
By Jamie Dean
2/26/2012 Iran (World Magazine) – More than two years after Iranian authorities imprisoned Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani on charges of apostasy, the pastor’s attorney delivered sobering news on Feb. 21: An Iranian court may have upheld a death sentence against the 34-year-old husband and father of two sons.
As the attorney worked to confirm the reports, it wasn’t immediately clear if Nadarkhani could appeal such a verdict. Many feared that Iranian officials would carry out the execution sentence—death by hanging—before the pastor offered a final appeal.
Authorities arrested Nadarkhani in 2009, charging him with apostasy, or renouncing Islam. As pastor of a Christian church with several hundred members in the town of Rasht, Nadarkhani refuted the charges, saying that he had never embraced Islam.

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