And the apologists for Islam say that the Iranians and the Saudis keep getting Islam all wrong, though their governments and judicial systems are run by people well schooled in the ideology of Islam. Gee, how come that is? KGS
TEHRAN, IRAN (Worthy News)– A detained pastor of a major network of Christian house churches in Iran will be executed by hanging for “apostasy”, or abandoning Islam, according to translated court documents seen by Worthy News Wednesday, November 24.
The 11th Chamber of The Assize Court of the province of Gilan said Iranian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani had proved his “apostasy” by “organizing evangelistic meetings and inviting others to Christianity, establishing a house church, baptizing people, expressing his faith to others and, denying Islamic values.”
Nadarkhani is “an apostate [and] will be executed by being hung…Somehow his soul is taken from him,” the court wrote.
The written verdict was “officially officially handed out” Tuesday, November 23, said a source of Nadarkhani’s evangelical Church of Iran network speaking on condition of anonymity.
Lawyers Naser Sarbazi from Tehran and Abbas Salmanpour from Gilan’s capital Rasht, who already learned about the verdict earlier this month, are appealing the sentence, Worthy News learned.
Under Iranian law, once the written verdict is delivered, there will be 20 days to appeal to the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Court.
The 33-year old Nadarkhani, who was detained in October last year, is currently held in a security prison in Lakan, Iran, just south of his hometown of Rasht.