01 July 2011

Iran: Supreme Court upholds death sentence for Christian priest

Iran's Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence handed to a Chiristan priest convicted of apostasy, Iranian website Peykeiran reports.

A lower Iranian court sentenced the priest, Yousef Nadarkhani, from the city of Rasht on the Black Sea, in December 2010 after finding him guilty of apostasy.

He has been held for almost two years in Lakan prison and was arrested in October, 2009 while attempting to register his evangelical church in the city of Rasht. The young priest was born to a Muslim family but denies he was ever a Muslim. [ADN Kronos] Read more [via National Secular Society]