First The Pastor, Now The Lawyer

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is under arrest and under a sentence of death due to his belief in Christianity and not Islam.  Now his attorney Mohammad Ali Dadkhah has been sentenced to 9 years in prison.

Prominent human rights advocate and attorney Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, who represents the Christian pastor sentenced to death in Iran in a case that sparked international condemnation, has reportedly been sentenced to nine years in jail for allegedly “acting against national security” in Iran.

Dadkhah has represented several political and human rights activists jailed since Iran’s 2009 disputed elections, including Youcef Nadarkhani, the Iranian pastor charged with apostasy and sentenced to death for leaving Islam and converting to Christianity.

“I have been convicted of acting against the national security, spreading propaganda against the regime and keeping banned books at home,” Dadkhah told the Guardian. Dadkhah has also reportedly been banned from teaching at universities or practicing law for 10 years.

The American Center for Law and Justice, or ACLJ, which has been working to secure the release of Nadarkhani, fears the decision to jail Dadkhah puts the Christian pastor at greater risk.

“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. “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.”

Dadkhah was reportedly in court defending one of his clients when the judge announced his own nine-year sentence. He is expected to be jailed soon.

Dadkhah was also the attorney for 12 Christians who stood trial on Easter Sunday in Iran.


The Iranians have not been able to make Pastor Nadarkhani recant and return to Islam.  In fact his faith has gotten stronger.  Nor have the 12 other Christians recanted.  And although the Green Revolution is hidden, it is not dead.  The only resource that the Mullahs of Iran now have is either imprisonment and/or death.  For they cannot truly control their people, or their minds.

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  • I worry for the moral fiber of our country… WHY aren’t people absolutely appalled by this? Where’s the outrage?

    And HOW is this any different than the SS killing a defenseless Jew in 1942?

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  • It is pathetic and extremely sad that our country has turned a blind eye to the oppressive regime in Iran. Under the Obama administration freedom has gone by the wayside. I fear for both the pastor and lawyer’s lives. May God keep them safe.

  • Remember that God is sovereign. He alone gets the glory and He has a plan for the people of Iran. Getting the gospel over there is more effective than weapons, the grip of the Mullahs would dissolve if revival broke out.

    • The key word here is – ‘IF’ – Iran will not come to the one true God, in Christ. They are infidels that are of their father Satan and so is Obama.
      Mom God is sovereign, for sure. God’s plan for Iran is written in his Word. So ‘IF’ I were you, in order to keep my head attached to my body, I’d stay out of that Godless country!