This is a great bit of news. Last month we wrote (along with Christians all over the world) about Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, still awaiting setence in Iran under a charge of apostasy and, most likely, facing the death penalty.
29 September 2011
Dear Tony and Joe,
I'm writing to you on an urgent matter in your capacity as my local MP's who have a significant influence in the Parliament.
You may not have been aware, but Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani is due to be executed this weekend in Iran under a Sharia court for no other crime than “apostasy”, despite the fact that he has never been a practising Muslim. Pastor Yousef shepherds a growing house church of 400 adults and additional children and has only done what is protected in section 23 of the Iranian Constitution, the right to hold a belief without intimidation. You can read more details about the case here: http://dynamic.csw.org.uk/article.asp?t=news&id=1067
I would urge you to use the influence you have to make representations to the Iranian embassy here in Australia and to encourage the Government to do likewise. It is astounding that in a week when the execution of a convicted murderer caused great debate in the USA that this execution should pass unnoticed. I trust that you will not allow it to do so.
With grateful thanks
Rev. David Ould
Tony Abbott's office responded the same day (a Friday afternoon) and by Monday had emailed back to say that Abbott would be taking the case up with the government.
Today I got the following letters in the mail!
Result! Good to know that these sorts of campaigns can make a difference. And kudos to Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd on this one.