Outrage! Please pray for this man and his family, and let your voice be heard.
The family of American Pastor Saeed Abedini,who was convicted and sentenced to eight years in Iran’s most brutal prison, was able to see him Monday.
Pastor Saeed is in Section 3, Hall 1 of Ward 350 in Evin Prison. His family reported that he was able to hear about his own conviction and sentencing in a report that was broadcast over the prison’s audio system. Even from inside prison—facing a lengthy sentence where torture and abuse are the order of the day, Abedini is still concerned about the safety and well-being of other inmates. He indicated that he is appreciative of the news coverage and work being done on his behalf. But he made it clear that he wants to be a voice for the many others who are with him in prison suffering the same fate—imprisoned because of their religious beliefs.
The reality now is this: Pastor Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh, and their children—who the American Center for Law and Justice represent—will no longer have telephone access to him. During his imprisonment since last fall, Naghmeh and her children were able to speak with him on the phone from time to time. Now, they have been told there will be no more phone calls. They may never hear his voice again.
Pastor Saeed’s attorney told the Agence France-Presse on Monday that he is pursuing an appeal in Saeed’s case. But, truthfully, an appeal in that judicial system means virtually nothing. Attorney Nasser Sarbazi said he plans to appeal and once again will attempt to have Pastor Saeed released on bail, something that Iranian authorities have repeatedly rejected. “The bail presented for my client’s freedom has not been accepted, but I am still pursuing it,” Sarbazi said.
What’s it like inside Evin Prison? Hell on earth—according to a revealing report by FoxNews.com. It’s an eye-opening look inside Iran’s most dangerous and deadly prison.
From the report: “Beatings, torture, mock executions and brutal interrogations are the norm at Evin prison, where for four decades the anguished cries of prisoners have been swallowed up by the drab walls of the low-slung lockup in northwestern Tehran. Standing at the foot of the Alborz Mountains, it is home to an estimated 15,000 inmates, including killers, thieves and rapists. But the prison has also held ayatollahs, journalists, intellectuals and dissidents over the years, and few if any who have survived time in Evin could be surprised by claims of torture and abuse made by Abedini’s supporters.”
Pastor Saeed has revealed that he has been beaten and tortured during interrogations.
Read the rest of this article at: Persecuted Pastor Facing ‘Hell on Earth’ in Iranian Prison
Image: Pastor Saeed Abedini and son