Youcef Nadarkhani, a 32-year-old Protestant pastor who became a Christian at the age of 19, has been sentenced to death for renouncing Islam, the Catholic Culture website reports today (December 10, 2010).
The "draconian language in the verdict makes it very clear that the Iranian authorities mean business," said Leonard Leo, chairman of the U.S. Commission of International Religious Freedom.
"He could be executed at any time. And for what? For being a Christian," Leo added.
Nadarkhani's attorney has appealed the verdict to Iran's supreme court.