American Pastor Imprisoned In Iran Again Brutally Beaten Behind Bars

An American pastor who has been imprisoned in Iran for over the past two years has again been beaten behind bars. As previously reported, Saeed Abedini, a former Iranian Muslim turned Christian, left Iran in 2005 and moved to the United States with his wife and two children to find religious freedom after facing conflict with authorities for planting house churches in the county. In 2012, he traveled back to Iran to build an orphanage and visit his parents—and was about to return to the states—when he was taken into custody. “As he was attacked, Pastor Saeed called out for help,” he continued. “Iranian prison guards did intervene and prevent further injury. However, Pastor Saeed suffered injuries to his face—his eyes beaten black and blue. He was able to be seen briefly by a prison doctor, and thankfully he did not receive any broken bones.” Abedini informed a family member that he had been beaten when they visited him this week. The information was then relayed to his wife. “It is heartbreaking to me and my family that Saeed was again beaten in prison,” she said in a statement included in ACLJ’s update. “Saeed’s life is continuously threatened not only because he is an American, but also because he is a convert from Islam to Christianity. It’s time to get Saeed home before it is too late.”

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