An Iranian court has rejected an appeal from Saeed Abedini, the American Christian pastor held in Iran for his Christian faith, and refused to reduce the eight-year prison sentence according American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).
Abedini, 33, an American citizen, has been held in Iran’s Evin Prison since September, following his arrest on a bus. His supporters say he has been beaten and tortured in the prison, and that he was in Iran to try to start a secular orphanage.
Abedini’s lawyers were hopeful that new Iranian President Hasan Rowhani, who took office this month, would show more clemency in religious persecution cases. Instead, Abedini’s legal team is now more fearful that the latest legal setback could mean he’ll face additional beatings and abuse inside the notoriously brutal prison.
‘The news out of Iran is devastating to our family,’ said Naghmeh Abedini, who believes her husband’s only hope for freedom lies with Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei.
Sources: Fox News, Jubilee Campaign
- Please pray the Lord will comfort Saeed and his family so they will not despair but cling ever closer to Him during this difficult and uncertain time.
- Pray the Lord’s favour will rest upon Saeed and his legal team as they prepare for the next course of action.
- Ask the Lord to protect Saeed while in prison and use him as a Gospel witness to other prisoners and prison authorities.