Iranian-born American pastor Saeed Abedini is being tortured in an Iranian prison, and is being denied any contact with his family on the outside, according to reports.
American Center for Law and Justice Executive Director Jordan Sekulow said in an interview with WND that he and his organization are apprehensive about the pastor’s future.
“We are concerned about the fate of American Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is facing eight years in a brutal Iranian prison because of his Christian faith,” Sekulow said. “We know that his health is not good. We know that he continues to be beaten and tortured in prison. And, we know that he is being subjected to psychological abuse now as well.”
Further, ACLJ spokesman Gene Kapp said the pastor is being denied phone contact with the outside.
“Iranian officials refuse to permit Pastor Saeed to communicate with his family via phone and have been pushing propaganda to try and convince him that efforts to secure his freedom have ceased,” Kapp said.
Abedini was sentenced January 27 to eight years in the notorious Evin Prison after he was accused of running a network of house churches in Iran.
Missions group Asia Harvest denounced the sentence in a statement on their website.
“He was convicted on charges of starting house churches throughout Iran in the early 2000s. Friends, an eight-year prison sentence in that demonic prison is basically a death sentence. Many people who go into Evin Prison only last a few days or weeks before they perish,” Asia Harvest said.
“In Iran, Pastor Saeed’s attorney filed an appeal yesterday in Tehran. It could take considerable time for the Iranian court to act on the written appeal,” Sekulow said.
Sekulow says Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s case illustrates the ineffectiveness of appeals.
“It’s important to note, though, as we saw in the case of Pastor Youcef, appeals in these cases often lack any semblance of due process and justice, and are frequently no more than a rubber stamp of the initial unjust trial,” the ACLJ said.
Sekulow also raised the issue of the pastor’s morale.
“For the first time since his conviction, Pastor Saeed expressed apprehension and concern about his fate, openly questioning whether efforts are still under way to secure his freedom,” Sekulow said.
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