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On 15 March, Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of American-Iranian Pastor Saeed Abedini, tearfully presented the case of her imprisoned husband’s torture to a US congressional committee on human rights.

“Saeed is a husband and an amazing father,” she explained during the hearing. “Our kids hold onto the hope of seeing their Daddy very soon.” Representing the American Centre for Law and Justice, Chief Counsel Jordan Sekulow concluded: “This hearing represents a significant opportunity to elevate Pastor Saeed’s plight…and stand up for the human rights and religious freedom of those who are facing similar situations because of their faith.”

Abedini was arrested in September of last year at his father’s home. He reportedly ran congregations inside his home before 2006 and worked as a pastor. He later left the country and currently resides in the US with his wife and two children. According to his wife, he had travelled back to Tehran ‘to meet with his family and build an orphanage.’ Abedini was charged with establishing secret churches inside homes for the purpose of disturbing national security and is sentenced to eight years in jail but his lawyer has said that he will appeal the sentence.

Sources: CBN News, Fox News, Farsi Christian News Network