Blocking the deportation of an Iranian man who claims he faces torture if returned there, a federal appeals court has ordered immigration officials to reconsider whether the man’s political speech and conversion to Christianity — especially amid Iran’s current tensions — would make torture more likely.

In its unpublished nine-page opinion in Ghaziaskar v. Attorney General, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that an immigration judge and the Board of Immigration Appeals had failed to adequately consider conditions in Iran before rejecting Mohammad Ghaziaskar’s claim under the Convention Against Torture, or CAT.

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