Iranian pastor faces execution, asks for prayer

Posted by    |    May 11th, 2012 at 6:45 am

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is seen here in prison in Lakan, Iran. Nadarkhani faces execution for refusing to recant his Christian faith (Credit: American Center for Law and Justice)Youcef Nadarkhani, widely considered the face of religious persecution today, has written a letter to supporters from prison.  The Iranian pastor was arrested on October 13, 2009 and charged with apostasy and attempting to evangelize Muslims.  He has been separated from his wife and two sons ever since.  In February of this year, he was issued an execution order from Iran’s high court.

His attorney, Mohammed Ali Dadkhah, has been fighting for him since his arrest.  Now Dadkhah has been sentenced to nine years in prison.  His arrest will make Nadarkhani’s situation even more perilous, as the pastor will have no legal representation.