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
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.