The Iranian pastor facing a death sentence for refusing to renounce his Christian faith could spend another year in jail waiting an appeal on his death sentence.

Meanwhile, Iranian authorities are continuing to pressure Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani to convert to Islam, according to the Christian Post.

Present Truth Ministries, a ministry that has followed the pastor’s case for more than two years, said last month that Nadarkhani’s lawyer had asked the presiding judge to delay the pending judgment and keep him in prison for another year.

Nadarkhani, 34, was convicted of apostasy last year and was sentenced to death by hanging.

In September, his sentence was just two days from being carried out when the Supreme Court of Iran asked for a retrial by a lower court in the city of Rasht.

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