Immigration officials could be sending Afghan-born Ali Mosavi back to his home country because of his marriage to a Muslim woman, reports say.
Mr Mosavi, whose case involving the Immigration Appeals Board (UNE) is currently being heard by Oslo District Court, converted to Christianity after he moved to Norway approximately eight years ago.
He argues he became a Christian and was baptized, but the UNE says it cannot recognize the validity of him as being of that faith following his 2008 marriage to a Muslim woman from Afghanistan in Pakistan.
Officials had chosen to regard his conversion as being genuine previously the same year, Christian newspaper Vårt Land writes.
According to the Board, a Muslim woman in Afghanistan cannot marry a Christian man. Mr Mosavi’s Norwegian residence permit was subsequently revoked when he applied for family reunification in 2010 after the UNE decided his conversion was no longer plausible, however, alleging he got married “at a Muslim ceremony” in Pakistan.
“It was the only chance I had to marry in Pakistan. We were not in a mosque, but a private house where I signed a piece of paper. The document then went on to the consulate,” Mr Mosavi told the paper.
Although Norway does not return Christians to Afghanistan because they risk persecution for their religious beliefs, Mr Mosavi faces deportation if he cannot convince authorities of his religious beliefs and consequently cannot be sent back.
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