With his faith intact and his love for Christ steadfast, Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani remains in an Iranian prison charged with apostasy and sentenced to death. The Iranian government has denied the sentencing is based on apostasy despite abundant evidence to the contrary.
The court in Gilan is awaiting a response to their two letters of referral that were written to the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khameini. Youcef’s attorney has said the court will wait one month for a response. If they do not receive a response, they will issue a ruling sometime in mid-December.
According to a member of Pastor Youcef’s denomination who requested anonymity, Youcef’s health has deteriorated and he has undergone physical and psychological torture.
"We know that he has been in extreme situations, and we consider that torture. When you have spent time in a solitary cell unable to talk to others for a long time, or you are told you will be killed, this is also torture."