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.
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.
An American-Iranian pastor remains in jail in Iran on trumped up
charges. Though he faces an 8-year term in a violent prison, his
family members in Idaho are enduring the situation and remain
hopeful for positive news.