February 21, 2012
In what it called an "extremely dangerous turn of events," the American Center for Law and Justice said yesterday it had learned from contacts in Iran that Yousef Nadarkhani, the Christian pastor facing a death sentence for "apostasy," looks increasingly likely to be executed, CNSNews.com reports. "Pastor Yousef's case had been stalled due to increased international pressure and the Iranian court's request that Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, decide [his] fate," said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the ACLJ. "Now, because Pastor Yousef has continually refused to give into the regime's demands that he renounce his Christian faith, the likelihood that the Iranian regime will execute him increases by the day." Sekulow said the ACLJ was continuing to work with Nadarkhani's attorney in Iran, the State Department and members of Congress in an effort to save his life.