GREIFSWALD, Germany — A European court has denied asylum to an Iranian Christian, who may face prison or death if he returns to his country.
The European Court of Human Rights dismissed his appeal in August; therefore, Hassan (name changed for security) may face deportation, states Alliance Defending Freedom International.
Hassan said he learned about Jesus Christ from his brother-in-law, who ultimately was tortured and killed for his faith while jailed in Iran.
Hassan, his wife and family put their faith in Jesus Christ. After their conversion was discovered, security forces raided their home. The family fled to Turkey, then to Germany.
After German authorities rejected Hassan’s asylum request, he appealed to Greifswald Administrative Court, states ADF International. That court considered it unlikely that a Muslim would become a Christian after a relative was killed for his faith. The court said such an experience, if it happened, would have been a deterrent to becoming a Christian.
The European Court of Human Rights, to which Hassan appealed next, declined to hear the case.
Iran is No. 9 on Open Doors’ 2022 World Watch List of places most difficult to be a Christian.
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