Supreme Leader Has No Deadline to Make Execution Decision in Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s Case


Although the verdict of Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani could be determined by Nov. 2, the decision remains in the complete authority of superior leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and can be announced at any time.

“The ayatollah can make any decision he wants. He controls the judiciary, who’s executed, who’s not executed, the military. The list goes on,” Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice, told The Christian Post.
“Next time [the court] takes real action we’ll know that the [Ayatollah] has made some kind of decision,” he added.
The Ayatollah’s supreme authority provides him with an infinite timeline to make his decision.
Although Nadarkhani’s defense lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah originally predicted the verdict would be revealed within 20 days, Tiffany Barrans of ACLJ contends that Khamenei remains elusive concerning the decision, and he is as likely to announce the verdict in two days as he is twenty more.
Many critics argue that the sooner Khamenei makes his decision, the better for Nadarkhani’s fate.
Source: Christian Post | Katherine Weber

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