BREAKING NEWS: American pastor sentenced to eight years in Iranian prison for pr

(m) at 28-01-2013 01:49AM (7 years ago)

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An American pastor from Idaho has been sentenced to eight years in one of Iran's harshest prisons for preaching Christianity in Iranian homes, it was revealed today.

Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen who was born in Iran, has been held since September and charged with 'threatening the national security of Iran.

The 32-year-old father of two says he was in the country only to establish an orphanage and was not preaching Christianity.

The American Center for Law and Justice, which is working with Mr Abedini's family to free him from Iranian custody, says the pastor led house churches in the Islamic nation in the early 2000s, when the state did not consider such activities a threat.

'With today’s development I am devastated for my husband and my family.  We must now pursue every effort, turn every rock, and not stop until Saeed is safely on American soil,' Mr Abedini's devastated wife Naghmeh, said.

Mr Abedini is being held in Evin Prison in Tehran, the infamous gulag that houses most of the country's political prisoners.

The ACLJ, a legal advocacy group founded by televangelist Pat Robertson, reports that Revolutionary Court Judge Pir-Abassi convicted and sentenced Mr Abedini after a hastily-called court hearing.

The group says that the ruling violated Iran's judicial rules and was motivated purely by politics.

'We know that with the Iranian Revolutionary Court, Pastor Saeed’s conviction and sentence had to be approved at the very top – The Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei had to sign off,' Jordan Sekulow, the director of international operations, wrote.

The ACLJ says that Mr Abedini was beaten and tortured while in Iranian custody.

He and his attorney were allowed to attend just one day of his trial, which began on January 21.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and the State Department have both called for Mr Abedini's release, though the Iranian government has clearly ignored the request.

Iranian officials had previously said they were planning to release the pastor, so the news that he was sentenced to eight years in a harsh prison came as a shock to his family and supporters.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2269086/Saeed-Abedini-U-S-pastor-sentenced-8-years-Iranian-prison-preaching-Christianity-homes.html


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ajanni (m) at 29-01-2013 08:31AM
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cadanre (f) at 29-01-2013 09:20AM
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Please let the Iranians handle him to Boko Haram/MEND. They will have a better judgment for him.

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nzewyte (m) at 27-04-2013 08:47PM
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Na wa 4 Iran ooo... Xtainity na haram too?

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ajanni (m) at 27-04-2013 09:11PM
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the country is almost 100 percent one religion
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abati666 (m) at 22-08-2013 06:56PM
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NA HIM OWN WAHALLA........
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