Iran’s Supreme Court has ordered a retrial for a pastor sentenced to death for refusing to renounce his Christian beliefs.

State media reported that the high court sent the case back to lower court because of concerns about the initial investigation.

“If there is an appeal and the case is returned to the supreme court, the case will be reviewed,” read a statement quoted by ISNA, the Iranian student’s news agency, AFP reports.

Youcef Nadarkhani, a 32-year-old pastor, was arrested in October 2009 and later sentenced to death for converting to Christianity.

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