Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) www.csw.org.uk explained that Pastor Nadarkhani was tried and found guilty of apostasy (abandoning Islam) in September 2010 by the court of appeals in Rasht. The verdict was delivered verbally in court, while written confirmation of the death sentence was received nearly two months later.
At the appeal in June 2011, the Supreme Court of Iran upheld Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani's sentence, but asked the court in Rasht, which issued the initial sentence, to re-examine whether or not he had been a practicing Muslim adult prior to converting to Christianity.
He twice refused to recant his Christian faith during two court hearings held in Rasht, Gilan Province on September 25-26, 2011.
On 28 September he recanted for the third time.
CLICK HERE to listen to a report from a Member of Elders for the Church of Iran and a personal friend of Yousef Nadarkhani, as he provides an update on Yousef’s plight.