Barnabas Fund - International Headquarters River Street, Pewsey, Wilthire. Phone: +44 1672 565030 Latitude: 51 deg 23 min 18 sec N Longitude: 1 deg 45 min 48 sec W .
Iran levels false charges against Pastor...

Email:

Iran levels false charges against Pastor Nadarkhani to justify death sentence

To

Email address:
Separate multiple addresses with a comma (,). Maximum of 10

From

Your name:
Your email address:
Security test:
Please enter the numbers that appear here in the box below.
refresh captcha
CAPTCHA Image
Security code:

Details provided here will never be used in any other context

Iran levels false charges against Pastor Nadarkhani to justify death sentence

Country/Region: Iran, Middle East and North Africa

Barnabas statement on Nadarkhani case

Fabricated charges of rape and extortion have been levelled against Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani in a bid by the authorities to cover up his death sentence for apostasy.

Youcef Nardakhani-4X3.jpg

On Friday (30 September), Gholomali Rezvani, deputy governor of Gilan province where Nadarkhani was tried, told the semi-official Fars news agency that Nadarkhani was a rapist, an extortionist, a Zionist and was guilty of “security-related crimes”, adding, “No one is executed in Iran for their choice of religion”.

Last week, Nadarkhani appeared in court in Rasht, where he was asked on three separate occasions to recant his faith in order to secure an annulment of the charge of apostasy and lifting of the death sentence, but he refused each time. The court’s verdict is expected any day.

Western “slander”?

As Iran comes under increasing international pressure to overturn Nadarkhani’s sentence, Fars, which is backed by the Revolutionary Guard, has been fighting back. In an article called "Slander of the Western Media", it wrote:

The information obtained by Fars through informed sources shows that Nadarkhani has been sentenced to death as a result of committing violent crimes such as rape and repeated extortions and basically his death sentence is not related to his denouncement of Islam.

The western media are using a rapist and a thief in Gilan province to criticise the Iranian judicial system by claiming that the courts in Iran have sentenced a man to death because of his conversion from Islam.

Apostasy, however, is the only charge listed against Nadarkhani in a translated Iranian Supreme Court brief from 2010, which says:

Mr. Youcef Nadarkhani, son of Byrom, 32 years old, married, born in Rasht in the state of Gilan is convicted of turning his back on Islam, the greatest religion the prophesy of Mohammad at the age of 19.

Justifying the unjustifiable

The World Evangelical Alliance condemned Iran’s attempted cover up. CEO and Secretary General Geoff Tunnicliffe said:

The fabrication of charges against Pastor Nadarkhani is to justify his sentence and is therefore acknowledgement that death for apostasy is not justifiable.

Nadarkhani’s lawyer, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, a Muslim, is confident that the court will overturn the death sentence. He said that it was based on fatwas issued by a senior cleric, who is now dead, and that at least three others had challenged the ruling.

Apostasy is not a crime under Iran’s penal code, but the system does make provision for judges to draw on fatwas and Islamic sources where national law is silent. Islamic law states that an adult male apostate should be given the death sentence.

Help us: Share this article

Email:

Iran levels false charges against Pastor Nadarkhani to justify death sentence

To

Email address:
Separate multiple addresses with a comma (,). Maximum of 10

From

Your name:
Your email address:
Security test:
Please enter the numbers that appear here in the box below.
refresh captcha
CAPTCHA Image
Security code:

Details provided here will never be used in any other context

christian, persecution, charity, church, persecuted, sookhdeo, Islam

Other articles

Follow Barnabas

or

receive news & appeal emails as they are published

From Twitter

From Twitter_icon

    Daily prayer

    Daily prayer_icon
    • Pray for the friends and family of Beatrice Mukashaka, an 18-year-old Christian woman, who was hacked to death in a savage attack by Muslims during an overnight prayer meeting at a church in Uganda. A group of around 20 Christians had gathered at the church in Kyegegwa district for their regular Friday night prayer session when armed Muslims burst into the building at around 2am. Please pray for all who mourn for Beatrice and that the assailants will be brought to justice. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 22 hours ago

    • Churches in Christian-majority Burundi are facing the unfamiliar situation of political restriction by their own government because of a new law passed in August that requires each church to have at least 500 members and a proper building. Congregations have a year in which to comply with the new regulations. Although intended to reduce some scandalous practices, the law is strangely reminiscent of the strict regimes of Central Asia. Pray that religious liberty will be maintained in Burundi, both for Christians and for the small minorities who follow other religions. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Fri, Oct 2014 00:00

    • Pray for eight Cameroonian missionaries who have been harshly reminded of the cost of sharing the Gospel in their country during a training seminar to equip them for ministry. Barnabas had helped to fund a series of seminars, and on the final day of the last seminar they heard that Jean-Marcel Kesvere, another Cameroonian missionary, who had been planning to attend the seminar with his wife, had been kidnapped by Boko Haram and that his body had been found earlier that day. Give thanks for the response of the missionaries, who expressed their willingness to suffer similarly for Christ, and pray that their work will bear much fruit (John 12:24). Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Thu, Oct 2014 00:00

    • Please pray for Christians in northern Cameroon, where Boko Haram is terrorising people, especially Christians and security forces, just as in neighbouring Nigeria. The Islamist militants openly declare themselves to be Boko Haram, and issue threats by letter, including to pastors telling them they must leave. Two pastors were killed in the village of Assigashia on the night of 25-26 August, hich has caused great distress and consternation. The Cameroonian Christians ask for prayer that God will bring peace and security, that the kidnapped will be released, that believers will stand firm despite being targeted, that God will comfort the traumatised, and that church leaders will know how to prepare their people for persecution. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Wed, Oct 2014 00:00

    • “The cathedral in Damaturu now has only about 40 members instead of 450 members. The church in Potiskum now has only about 15 members instead of 500 members… the southern part of [Yobe state] is still very dangerous and most of the churches here have closed down.” A senior church leader in Nigeria wrote to Barnabas Fund in August about the impact on the Church of Boko Haram’s violence. Nevertheless Christians were still holding worship services every Sunday, discipling the young people and even commissioning pastors. Praise God for such perseverance, and pray that a Christian presence and witness may remain in north-east Nigeria. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Tue, Oct 2014 00:00

    © Barnabas Fund 1997 - 2014 All rights reserved.
    Barnabas Fund & Barnabas Aid are registered trade marks