Sunday, July 03, 2011

Iran's Supreme Court Upholds Death Penalty In Apostasy Case [UPDATE: Report Contradicted]

According to a report on Friday by AKI, Iran's Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence imposed on Christian priest Yousef Nadarkhani who was convicted last December on apostasy charges-- converting from Islam to another religion.  Nadarkhani was born to a Muslim family but denies he was ever a Muslim. He was arrested in October 2009 while attempting to register his evangelical church in the city of Rasht.

UPDATE: A July 4 report by Christian News Today contradicts the AKI report and says that the Supreme Court overturned Nadarkhani's death sentence. See this posting for more details.