Iranian Christian Convert Allowed to Remain in Sweden

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Swedish officials are halting the deportation of an Iranian Christian seeking asylum.

Reza Jebbari converted to Christianity while visiting Azerbaijan in 2010 and later moved to Sweden where he applied for asylum on grounds that he would face persecution if he returned to Iran.

Swedish authorities initially rejected Jebbari's request. They questioned his conversion and said they're not convinced he faces danger back in Iran.

His pastor told CBN News Jebbari "has a deep Christian identity" and actively participates in street evangelism and church activities.

This week, however, the Swedish government decided to grant Jebbari a new hearing.

"According to his lawyer, in Mr. Reza's case, that hearing will be more of a formality to be able to grant him permission to stay. That, since the evidence now is so strong in his favor!" one source told CBN News.

Religious freedom advocates report Christians who convert from Islam are imprisoned and could be put to death.

In a case that gained international attention earlier this year, Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was released after three years in jail and narrowly escaped a death sentence.

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