Pastor jailed in Iran gets bad news

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

An Iranian-American pastor jailed in Iran for an eight-year sentence is enduring conditions that are much worse than America’s prison sentence.

“This is not just eight years in a cell,” Jordan Sekulow of American Center for Law and Justice says of Pastor Saeed Abedini.

Abedini

“This is eight years of torture of physical and mental abuse, and he may not survive,” Sekulow tells OneNewsNow.

The ACLJ attorney and others liken Abedini’s imprisonment to a “death sentence,” because his fate remains unpredictable.

Abedini, a native of Iran who immigrated and became a U.S. citizen, was jailed after returning to visit family members. He was sentenced to eight years in prison for past involvement in the house church movement in Iran.

He is considered an enemy of the state and in recent days, a two-judge panel upheld his sentence.

Sekulow, Jordan (ACLJ)Sekulow said of the news: “It's not the kind of news for someone who is in prison nearly for a year, in one of the worst prisons in the world, or his family, that an appeals court in the revolutionary court system, a two-judge panel, reaffirmed his sentence of eight years and his conviction.

Sekulow says ACLJ will continue to work through the international system as well as the U.S. State Department, and perhaps to Iran's Ayatollah.

On September 26, ACLJ plans a new project to get the public more involved in Abedini's case. 

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