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Iran denies Pastor’s execution order

An Iranian envoy has denied an execution order was issued for Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, but revealed a list of charges against the evangelical Christian that allegedly make him guilty of “offending Islam.”

The envoy’s denial was prompted by human rights investigator Ahmed Shaheed, who on Monday openly condemned Iran’s imprisonment of Nadarkhani in a 36-page report, presented to several U.N. representatives at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

According to Tiffany Barrans of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), who was present at Monday’s council, Shaheed encouraged the Iranian authorities to “reassess the cases of all those listed in [his] report and to reconsider the aforementioned cases presented here today.” He specifically mentioned Nadarkhani, saying “Pastor Yousef [sic] Nadarkhani who has been sentenced to death for apostasy…”

Mohammad Javad Larijani of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights responded to Shaheed’s report, saying it “amounted to nothing more than the repetition of a barrage of unsubstantiated and biased contentions,” according to The New York Times.

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