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Iranian Christian pastor accused of 'apostasy' must be released

30 September 2011 Yousef Nadarkhani is facing a possible death sentence for refusing to renounce his religion. Amnesty International has urged the Iranian authorities to release a Christian pastor at risk of execution for “apostasy” for refusing to renounce his religion. Yousef Nadarkhani, whose trial ended yesterday, is facing a possible death sentence if convicted, despite the fact that “apostasy” is not criminalized in Iranian law.His lawyer told Amnesty International he is expecting a verdict within a week. Nadarkhani would have the right to appeal against any conviction and sentence to…

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