Archived Story

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 Thank you for standing with Saeed in advocacy and prayer.


Elysia Larson

Fergus Falls


Editor's Picks

Recover Health opens branch in FF: Location is 7th for home care agency

Recover Health, a Medicare-certified home care agency based out of Minnetonka, has now opened a branch in Fergus Falls. This is the seventh location in ... Read more

7 state trail planned for area [UPDATED]

Public invited to Nov. 24 meeting The public is invited to learn more about the development of the nation’s longest hiking trail — which dissects ... Read more

What’s happening: Museum open house highlights weekend calendar

Flock to the Otter Tail County Historical Society for two days full of events. On Friday get your hand on fresh baked goodies during the ... Read more

Hunt provides once in a lifetime chance [UPDATED]

“This is more deer than I’ve seen in my life,” Louis Leyendecker said. Louis had come out to help his grandson Jared hunt for deer ... Read more