Saeed Abedini has been detained since 26 September 2012. In mid-March 2014 he was transferred to a hospital where he received limited medical care but his family were able to feed him, enabling him to gain some weight and regain strength.
On the morning of 20 May a number of intelligence officials arrived unannounced at the hospital. They violently removed Saeed from the hospital, beating him and reportedly giving him an electric shock. He was returned to Rajai Shahr Prison.
This incident follows similar mistreatment of Christian and other detainees within Iran’s prison system in recent weeks.
In 2009 Saeed had been warned about his involvement with house churches and so he had focused on humanitarian activities during subsequent visits to Iran. In 2012, while visiting his parents and conducting humanitarian aid, Saeed was detained and in January 2013 he was convicted on charges relating to anti-state activities (which were derived from his involvement with house fellowships) and sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment. Saeed has joint Iranian-US citizenship; his wife Naghmeh and their two children are in the US.
Source: Middle East Concern
- Pray that Saeed will know the close presence of Jesus each day and that he will experience His healing touch and will receive due medical care.
- Pray the Lord will give Saeed, his wife and their two children courage, patience and the ability to rely on the Lord’s good timing and perfect purposes.
- Pray all officials involved will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him (Micah 6:8).