Abedini’s wife: My husband is innocent

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Charlie Butts,Associated Press (OneNewsNow.com)

The wife of American pastor Saeed Abedini, who's been sentenced to eight years in prison in Iran, says the Islamic regime views his Christianity as a national security threat.

(Associated Press) - Pastor Saeed Abedini's wife Naghmeh says her husband has worked with house churches in Iran and has shared his Christian faith, but has steered clear of politics. She says he told his parents during a jail visit Monday that he's appealing the sentence handed down Sunday by an Iranian judge.

The 32-year-old pastor's wife and their two young children live in Boise, Idaho. She says they haven't seen him since June and pray every night that he'll be allowed to return home.

The U.S. State Department has called for Abedini's release and has condemned what it calls "Iran's continued violation of the universal right of freedom of religion."

(OneNewsNow) - Pastor Saeed Abedini is looking for justice - but will he ever get it?

Jordan Sekulow of the American Center for Law & Justice tells OneNewsNow the official wording of the charge Abedini was convicted under: "It's the intentional attempt to undermine the national security of the government of Iran by the creation of house churches, dating 2001 to2005," he says.

Although Christians are persecuted, creating house churches is not technically a crime in Iran.

Abedini will serve his time in Evin prison which is the worst for Christians because they are tortured and beaten by other inmates with guards turning a blind eye.

Is there a chance for his release? Sekulow points to the 2009 case of American-Iranian reporter Roxanna Saberi, sentenced to 8 years in Iran as a spy.

"She said that the number-one reason she was able to be released early and get out before her health deteriorated too much was the people who were calling out around the world."

10,000 people signed a petititon for her release. Well over 300,000 have signed an ACLJ petition for Abedini and that will be used. ACLJ is using every possible resource to free him, and suggests the United States government be more vigorous in the same effort.

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