A jailed Iranian pastor who could be put to death for his faith has been given Islamic literature and been asked to read it — a move potentially meant to trap him into a blasphemy conviction.

The American Center for Law & Justice and Christian Solidarity Worldwide — two groups that have monitored the case for months — say that if pastor Yousef Nadarkhani reads the literature and says anything negative about Islam, he could be charged with blasphemy. Both groups say Nadarkhani has been advised not to read the literature.

“Any criticism of their contents would open the way to charges of blasphemy,” Christian Solidarity Worldwide said in a statement on its website.

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