Fears rise for Iranian converts
Monday, 15th September 2008. 12:07pmBy: Matt Cresswell.

Fears are mounting for two Muslim converts to Christianity after they were officially charged with apostasy by an Iranian court.




The two men, 53-year-old Mahmoud Mohammad Matin-Azad, and 40-year-old Arash Ahmad-Ali Basirat, were last week charged at the Public and Revolutionary Court in Shiraz, Iran.Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) claim that there has been a rise in executions of ‘misfits’ in recent years and fear that the government could be about to recommence executing ‘apostates’ again after a gap of 18 years. Although capital punishment for apostasy is not codified in law, documents obtained reveal that the prosecutor had requested the death penalty for both men.The documents accusing the two Iranian converts, obtained by Farsi Christian News Network (FCNN), reminded the judge of his constitutional obligation to refer to Sharia law.



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