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Disregarding Danger: Sweden to Deport Christian to Iran

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DALE HURD: Sweden is about to deport

Iranian Christian actress, Aideen Strandsson, back

to the Islamic Republic of Iran, where she faces torture, rape,

and even death in an Iranian prison.

But as Swedish officials have told Aideen, becoming

a Christian was her decision.

And now, it's her problem, and not theirs.

This from a nation that thinks of itself as one

of the most humane countries in the world.

After all, Sweden is the humanitarian superpower

which welcomed refugees with open arms

until the government took too much political heat

and decided some have to go, whether it kills them or not.

Sweden's migration board even violates

its own stated principles that it will never

deport asylum seekers to a nation

where they will be harmed.

The migration board has on its home page

information about each country.

And in the information regarding Iran,

there are plenty of reports stating

that it is standard to torture and to rape in Iranian prisons.

And the question we have been asking the migration board

time and time again is, why are you

putting this information on your home page

if you don't follow it?

DALE HURD: Swedish attorney Gabriel Donner

has assisted an estimated 1,000 Christian asylum

seekers facing deportation.

INTERVIEWER: Do you think, in Aideen's case,

they think she's lying?

Or they just don't care?

Primarily, we don't care.

It's numbers.

They have promised the public in Sweden

that they will deport more people than before,

and so they have to fill the quota.

DALE HURD: Aideen Strandsson came to Sweden in 2014

on a work visa and adopted a Swedish last name.

She had starred in films and a TV series

in Iran, making her an even bigger target

if she is sent back.

She says she came to Christ in Iran

after seeing video of Muslims stoning a woman to death.

And I decided at that moment, I don't

want to be a Muslim anymore.

DALE HURD: And then, she had a dream.

AIDEEN STRANDSSON: I had a dream about Jesus.

He was sitting near me, and he took my hand.

DALE HURD: In Iran, where it can be

deadly to convert to Christianity,

Aideen kept her conversion largely a secret.

But when she came to Sweden, she requested a public baptism.

AIDEEN STRANDSSON: I want to be baptized

in public, because I want to say I am not afraid anymore.

I'm free, I'm Christian, and I want everyone

to know about that.

DALE HURD: Iranian intelligence most likely knows, too.

She's already gotten threats from Muslims on social media.

Article 33 of the Geneva Convention on refugees,

which Sweden signed, prohibits nations

from deporting asylum-seekers back to their home countries

if they face danger.

But that hasn't stopped Sweden.

CBN News has interviewed several Christians in Sweden

facing danger because of the threat of deportation

to Islamic nations.

Donner estimates, there are 8,000 Christian asylum-seekers

hiding in Sweden because they're under deportation orders.

He says part of the problem is that migration officials don't

understand why someone would become a Christian,

and they don't understand what it means to be a Christian.

Less than 20% of Swedes say they believe in God.

This is most apparent when they come to a question

when a convert says, I converted because of the love

I have received from Jesus Christ.

And they almost mockingly ask the convert,

what do you mean by love?

They don't understand the message in the Bible.

It's just completely alien to them.

DALE HURD: The Swedish migration board's press officer told us,

if the person has well-founded reasons

to fear persecution due to religious beliefs,

he or she will be granted asylum in Sweden.

But Aideen's asylum request has been rejected,

and her case has been turned over to border police.

At her hearing, a Swedish migration official

told her, it wouldn't be as bad for her

in Iran as she expected, because she would only

have to spend, about, six months in prison.

Donner told us of a similar case where

an Iranian woman was imprisoned for becoming a Christian.

After her release, she was silent.

She did not tell what had happened.

After six weeks, she threw herself out

from a window on a fourth floor and killed herself.

DALE HURD: But stories like that may not

stop by Aideen's deportation.

INTERVIEWER: Six months as a woman in a prison

is no problem.

No.

INTERVIEWER: They don't care.

No, they don't care about that.

DALE HURD: Dale Hurd, CBN News, Stockholm.

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