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Pastor Youcef and his family
Photo: Present Truth Ministries

There have been developments concerning Youcef Nadarkhani, an Iranian pastor whose death sentence for apostasy was upheld in court hearings in late September (for more information, click here). First, the case will now be referred to Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Second, the Supreme Court has announced that it would be willing to consider a further appeal.

There is continuing uncertainty about the case. The Iranian authorities have repeatedly suggested that a death sentence has not been passed. This is despite the fact that written verdicts issued by the Revolutionary Tribunal of Gilan Province in September 2010 and the Supreme Court in July 2011 explicitly stated that the charge was apostasy and the sentence death.

Please pray for the outcome of this case. Ask the Lord to uphold and sustain Youcef, his wife, and their two children. Pray that this family may soon be reunited. Pray for Youcef's legal team and all those in authority connected with this case.

To learn more about the trials Iranian Christians face, visit the Iran Country Report.