Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani in imminent danger of execution and his attorney will soon be serving a nine-year prison term. Even as Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani (pictured) awaits execution by the Iranian government, one of the lawyers who defended has had his own conviction upheld and will be serving nine years in prison.
As reported previously for The New American, Nadarkhani was an influential leader in the house church movement in Iran until his arrest in 2009. He was charged with apostasy, based on the notion that because he was born into a Muslim family, he was legally obligated to remain an adherent of Islam. Nadarkhani was quickly sentenced to death, but pressure from outside of Iran helped to delay his execution, while he, with assistance from his attorney, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, endeavored to get the sentence overturned.
With Nadarkhani’s conviction upheld by what passes for a legal system in Iran, the pastor could be put to death by hanging at any time that it serves the whims of the Islamist regime. And the final decision to imprison Nadarkhani’s attorney sends a clear signal that the regime will take whatever steps it deems necessary to silence opposition in the future.
According to an article for The Guardian, the move by the Iranian government will effectively bring Dadkhah’s career to an end: