Muslim Christian convert wins asylum

LEIPZIG – A court in Germany has upheld the right to political asylum granted to a Muslim who converted to Christianity after coming to this country.

The federal administrative court in Leipzig said Tuesday the defendant, a political refugee from Iran, could conceivably face persecution in his native country as a result of having renounced Islam.

The case was seen as setting a precedent for other refugees seeking political asylum in Germany.

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The judge noted that a Moslem man’s decision to join and regularly attend a Christian church was tangible proof of religious convictions potentially at variance with policies of a conservative Islamic republic

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Jan. 21, 2004

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