The lawyer for Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani says the reports that his client's death penalty sentence has been overturned by Iranian officials are false.
Jordan Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice said in an email Thursday that Yousef's lawyer "firmly denies that the court has agreed to overturn the death sentence."
"He believes this is a lie spread by the Iranian secret service, even to members of his own family, to stop the media from reporting on this case," Sekulow said.
As the news came Thursday, the White House also condemned Iran for its actions against Yousef.
"Pastor Nadarkhani has done nothing more than maintain his devout faith, which is a universal right for all people," press secretary Jay Carney said.
"That the Iranian authorities would try to force him to renounce that faith violates the religious values they claim to defend," he added. "[This] crosses all bounds of decency, and breaches Iran’s own international obligations."
Just Wednesday, Sekulow informed CBN News he'd gotten the unofficial word that the chief judge in the case had decided to halt Yousef's execution.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide is calling for urgent action:
- Voice your concerns now to the Iranian Embassy here
- You can also call the Iranian liaison office in the U.S. State Department. The number is 202-647-6575.
Sekulow is urging continued prayer for Pastor Yousef and his case.
Click here for more from the ACLJ. Also, click play below to hear comments Sekulow made Wednesday to CBN News on the possible verdict and what happens to Pastor Yousef's case from here.