Pastor Nadarkhani: NO ANNULMENT of the death sentence
Contra rumours being spread by (inter alia) Mehdi Hasan of the New Statesman, His Grace has received authoritative notification that sources inside Iran have firmly denied reports that a verbal notification of the annulment of the charges against Pastor Nadarkhani has been given to his lawyer, Mr Mohammad Ali Dadkhah.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is urging that conclusions should not be drawn on this case until a formal written verdict is received from the court, stating: 'Continued international vigilance and pressure is vital: the life of this man is still very much in the balance.'
Some sources close to the situation fear that reports of a verbal annulment may have been a deliberate attempt to misinform the international community and ease the pressure on the regime. It is disappointing that some high-profile journalists have become party to such vile propaganda.
CSW has facilitated the sending of over 19,000 emails from campaigners to the Iranian embassy in the UK and continues to pursue advocacy on behalf of Pastor Nadarkhani. CSW’s Chief Executive Officer, Mervyn Thomas said: “CSW urges caution over the recent reports of verbal annulment of the charges against Pastor Nadarkhani. Until a written verdict is confirmed to have been received by credible sources, there must be no let up in pressure on the Iranian regime. Continued international vigilance and pressure is vital: the life of this man is still very much in the balance.”
His Grace is appreciative of those at The Spectator who have highlighted this appalling case: namely Alex Massie and Freddie Gray.