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ICC Note:

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is alive in Iran as of March 26, 2012. However, false rumors that Youcef was executed are detrimental to his case and release, the American Center for Law and Justice reports.

By Anna Sekulow

3/26/2012 Iran (ACLJ) – The ACLJ has received confirmation that Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is alive in Iran as of today, March 26, 2012.

New false reports about Pastor Youcef’s execution continue to surface – whether these reports originate from a misinformation campaign initiated by the Iranian regime or just uninformed sources is unknown.

Many of these false reports stem from an inaccurate image being circulated on various blogs and social media sites of an Iranian man of Pastor Youcef’s age standing bound in front of a gallows surrounded by two armed, masked Iranian guards. The image is not of Pastor Youcef and has been circulating since at least July 2011.

The ACLJ believes these demonstratively false rumors about Pastor Youcef’s death are detrimental to his freedom and potential release. It also causes unnecessary anxiety for the family members awaiting his release and the millions of people who are praying for him around the world.

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