According to Mohabat News, Reza Jabbari, an Iranian Christian convert, submitted his asylum request to the Swedish Immigration Services in 2010, during a visit to the country. However, the Swedish immigration court and the Immigration Office rejected his asylum application.
The reports indicate that his case has been rejected while evidence describes him as a person actively participating in church and evangelistic activities among Iranians. His activities include distribution of Bibles and sharing the gospel. Currently he participates in the choir of Tensta church in Sweden.
This news was also published on CBN blog. The CBN report said, "Apparently the court questioned the sincerity of Jabbari'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 Jabbari's pastor that, "He has a deep Christian identity, as much as I have."
However, it seems Swedish immigration officials are not fully aware of the consequences of his deportation to Iran. His evangelical activities can potentially cause him serious problems if he is sent back to Iran.
Meanwhile, it is important that the Swedish immigration officials review the current situation of Christian converts in Iran as well as the latest report of Mr. Ahmad Shaheed, the UN's Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran. If they read his report they would realize the consequences of deporting Mr. Jabbari and other similar cases to Iran.
The Immigration Office of Sweden has not considered that under Islamic laws imposed in Iran, a Christian convert is counted as an "apostate". According to Sharia Law, apostasy is punishable by imprisonment and/or execution.
However, it is not clear what additional evidence the Swedish government demands to accept such cases where people have fled their home country due to security reasons, persecution and harassment.
Despite efforts by refugee activists based in Stockholm to prevent the deportation of Iranian asylum seekers who may face dangers if they are returned to their country, the likelihood of their deportation still remains.