ACLJ Calls Iranian Decision to Jail Christian Pastor's Attorney 'Very Troubling' - Putting Pastor Youcef at Greater Risk
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
WASHINGTON, DC (ANS) -- American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which has been working to secure the release of Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, today (Thursday, May 03, 2012) called Iran's decision to imprison Pastor Youcef's attorney, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, "very troubling" - a move that puts the Christian pastor in greater danger.
Iranian lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah at his desk
"The news that this renowned human rights attorney has been sentenced to prison by Iranian officials is very troubling," said Jordan Sekulow, Executive Director of the ACLJ.
"This development only reinforces the fact that Iran has no regard for basic human rights. It also raises further concern about the fate of Pastor Youcef. With his attorney facing nine years in prison, and no other lawyer likely to take the case, Pastor Youcef has no legal advocate, which places him at greater risk."
Youcef Nadarkhani -- still behind bars
The ACLJ launched a global Twitter campaign on behalf of Pastor Youcef and announced today that the Tweet for Youcef campaign now reaches more than two million Twitter accounts worldwide. Pastor Youcef's story has reached every continent and subcontinent, including more than 93% of the world's United Nations member states.
Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice focuses on religious freedom in this country and abroad. The ACLJ is based in Washington, D.C. and is online at http://aclj.org.
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