Reports wrong, pastor still in prison

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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According to an attorney, the media reports that an Iranian-American Christian imprisoned in Iran will be freed on bond and allowed to return to America aren't true.


The trial of Saeed Abedini is under way in Iran, and Jordan Sekulow of the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) tells OneNewsNow the widely reported story of his imminent release is wrong.

"The truth is … that this judge did say that bail should be offered, but the family then tried to tender that bail, and the bail was refused," he explains.

Sekulow, Jordan (ACLJ)The government negated the judge's instruction. And even if bail was permitted, Abedini would not be able to leave the country until the charges were dropped. He remains imprisoned on charges of trying to criminally undermine the Iranian Republic by setting up underground house churches. And Sekulow notes that he has been tortured.

"He's been beaten -- not daily, but every other day is basically how he described it," the attorney details. "So it's the classic torture -- physical and mental -- where you're beaten one day, as he said in his letter, and then the next day treated nicely by the same people who were beating you. One day he gets told You're going to get to go home; the next day he gets told he's going to hang because he's a Christian."

Sekulow urges people to continue circulating Abedini's story through social media and to intensify prayer for the pastor, his wife, and their two children who live in Idaho.

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