An Iranian official says
Youssef Nadar-Khani, an Iranian-born convert to Christianity, is guilty of security charges and running a brothel but his verdict has not been finalized, Press TV reported.
"This individual is guilty and his crime is not attempting to convert others to Christianity, rather his crimes are of a security nature," Deputy Governor of Gilan Province Ali Rezvani said on Saturday.
The Iranian official added that Nadar-Khani is not a prisoner of conscience and his crime is not related to his religion "because in our country no one is executed for his faith but he (Nadar-Khani) is a Zionist and has committed security crimes."
The Iranian official said that as Prophet Mohammad was the last prophet "we believe a person turning to another religion will be the one to incur a major loss as God will not accept his excuses".
"This Islamic country (Iran) does not punish [those] choosing another religion rather it is God [that will reprimand]," Fars News Agency quoted Rezvani as saying.
The Iranian official added that Nadar-Khani had been sentenced to death for committing security crimes but his verdict was not final yet.