Work continues to free an American citizen in prison in Iran.
The man who has been imprisoned is a Christian pastor and former
house church leader there.
Saeed Abedini and his wife converted to Christianity from Islam
and immigrated to the United States. He has made frequent
trips to his homeland to visit with family who are also Christian
converts. According to Jordan Sekulow of the American Center for Law
& Justice, Abedini had been imprisoned before.
"He has had a dust-up before there and agreed to stop his house
church movement, which had hundreds of churches around Iran,"
Sekulow tells OneNewsNow, "but Saeed Abedini has been in prison now
in Iran since September." Abedini's wife and two children remain in
The United States has had no diplomatic relationship with Iran
since the revolution in 1979, and Iran considers Abedini to be an
Iranian citizen. The situation is dire, says Sekulow.
"He is in a prison cell.
He's been beaten and tortured. His family in Iran is under house
arrest," he describes. "He was placed in a cell with individuals
who are saying they are al-Qaeda, and they're in jail in Iran for
being extremists there and they're beating him because they found
out he was a convert [and] a pastor."
The 32-year-old pastor is charged with national security crimes.
Abedini has made nine trips to Iran since coming to the U.S.
because he is setting up a non-sectarian orphanage in Iran.
Sekulow urges Christians to circulate the story, sign an online petition, and generate prayer as ACLJ
works to free Abedini. (Listen to ACLJ interview with Abedini's