U.S. pastor arrested, held in Iranian jail

He is in a prison cell. He's been beaten and tortured. His family in Iran is under house arrest.
December 20, 2012

A 32-year-old Iranian Christian pastor who is a U.S. citizen has been imprisoned without notice of any formal charges while visiting his family in Iran.

Saeed Abedini and his wife converted to Christianity from Islam and immigrated to the United States, according to OneNewsNow. He has made frequent trips to his homeland to visit with family who are also Christian converts. According to Jordan Sekulow of the American Center for Law & Justice, Abedini had been imprisoned before.

Sekulow said, "He has had a dust-up before there and agreed to stop his house church movement, which had hundreds of churches around Iran, but Saeed Abedini has been in prison now in Iran since September." Abedini's wife and two children remain in the U.S.

"He is in a prison cell. He's been beaten and tortured. His family in Iran is under house arrest," he describes. "He was placed in a cell with individuals who are saying they are al-Qaeda, and they're in jail in Iran for being extremists there and they're beating him because they found out he was a convert [and] a pastor."

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