Help sought for Iranian prisoner [UPDATED]Published 5:45am Monday, January 21, 2013 Updated 7:50am Monday, January 21, 2013
As American citizens, we believe in the freedom of religion, and we enjoy this right daily. Sadly, much of the world does not live in freedom. Our dear friend, Saeed Abedini emigrated from Iran because of religious persecution and is now a U.S. citizen living in Idaho with his wife, Naghmeh, and two small children.
Last year, Saeed travelled to Iran to visit his family and continue his humanitarian work of establishing an orphanage for needy children in Iran. Saeed was unexpectedly arrested and his passport taken. He was under house arrest for three months and a trial was scheduled when authorities threw him in prison.
He has been in prison since September 2012 in the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran, and he has endured beatings and abuse. His only charge is that he converted from Islam and became a Christian in 2000.
We ask that you, fellow American citizens, take action on his behalf. Senator Risch and Representative Aderholt have authored letters asking Congress to call for Saeed’s release. Please write to our Minnesota senators, Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, as well as Representative Collin Peterson asking them to please sign this letter.
Your action is now more urgent because Saeed’s trial is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 21. Saeed will be appearing before Judge Pir Abassi who is notoriously known as Iran’s “Hanging Judge.” You may follow more of Saeed Abedini’s case at aclj.org. Thank you for standing with Saeed in advocacy and prayer.