The pastor was sentenced to six years in prison in 2011 for professing his faith
An Iranian Christian pastor who was imprisoned for his faith now faces a death penalty after he was charged with "spreading corruption on the Earth."
According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), the pastor, Behnam Irani was sentenced to six years in prison in 2011 for professing his faith in the Islamized Iran – is currently held in solitary confinement while suffering severe health problems,.
CSW Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas told newsen that they are deeply concerned by the new charges.
"The charges leveled against Pastor Irani and other Christians are tantamount to an indictment of Christianity itself and mark a renewed escalation in Iran's campaign against Persian Christians under the Rouhani presidency," Thomas said in a statement.
"There are a lot of people who are disgruntled with the government and many — for comfort and peace in their lives — are turning to Christianity," Jason DeMars, founder of Present Truth Ministries, told Fox News."
In Iran, the punishment for conversion away from Islam can carry the death penalty.