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Monday, November 12, 2012

Sweden to Deport Iranian Christian?

Iranian Christian Reza Jebbari faces imminent deportation from Sweden, despite the possibility that his return to Iran could lead to his imprisonment or death.

Jebbari is a former Muslim who converted to Christianity during a visit to Baku, Azerbaijan, in 2010. He applied for assylum when he arrived in Sweden two years ago, but the Swedish Immigration Service and the Migration Court rejected the request.

The assylum denial came despite evidence that Jebbari actively participates in church activities, including street evangelism on a regular basis. He's appeared in church plays and sings in the choir at Tensta Church.

Apparently the court questioned the sincerity of Jebbari's conversion and said he failed to convince them that his life would be in danger if he were sent back to Iran. This, despite assurances from Jebbari's pastor that, "He has a deep Christian identity, as much as I have."

Who would know more about a person's spiritual walk than the person who has mentored him?


Reza Jebbari handing out tracts

If Swedish immigration officials would take the time to examine the recent case of Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, they would understand the possible fate that awaits Jebbari. The Iranian regime imprisoned Nadarkhani and sentenced him to death because he was considered an apostate.

What additional evidence does the Swedish government need to grant Jebbari assylum? Seems to me this is a no brainer.

If they force Jebbari back to Iran and he is harmed--or even killed-- his blood will be on their hands.

Here's information for contacting the Swedish ambassador's office in Washington, D.C.:

Sweden Embassy, United States
2900 K Street, N.W.
DC 20007
Washington
United States
Phone:
+1-202-467-2600
Fax:
+1-202-467-2699
Email:
ambassaden.washington@foreign.ministry.se

posted @ Monday, November 12, 2012 11:48 AM | Feedback (3)