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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, speaks during a press conference on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, speaks during a press conference on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)  

Christian Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani faces potential execution

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Just days after Iran released two Americans accused of spying, an Iranian court has upheld the apostasy conviction and execution sentence of Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani.

The 11th branch of Iran’s Gilan Provincial Court has determined that Nadarkhani has Islamic ancestry and therefore must recant his faith in Jesus Christ. Iran’s supreme court had previously ruled that the trial court must determine if Youcef had been a Muslim before converting to Christianity.

However, the judges, acting like terrorists with a hostage, demanded that he recant his faith in Christ before even taking evidence.

Full story: Christian Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani faces potential execution – Religious Right Now – The Washington Post