Will resolution from Congress help imprisoned pastor?

Thursday, June 18, 2015
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

The U.S. House of Representatives this week followed the Senate by unanimously approving a resolution demanding Iran release three American citizens, including Pastor Saeed Abedini.  

The resolution is some good news for the pastor, who was jailed in Iran in 2012 and is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence because of his Christian faith.

Abedini

In recent months, news surfaced that Abedini has been attacked by fellow prisoners and his health is worsening. 

"His life is in danger," says Tiffany Barrans, international legal director for the American Center for Law and Justice.

She reports that the pastor was recently "pretty beaten up" by other inmates, and there's now the fear that after being beaten by prison guards, he can be hurt by other prisoners, too. Some of those prisoners are ISIS members. 

On that occasion, and in the past, prison security has been lacking, "and so those who wish to harm him can," Barrans reports. 

The Senate resolution was sponsored by Sen. James Risch of Idaho, the home state of Abedini and where his wife, Naghmeh, and two young children live. 

After working continuously for Abedini's release, ACLJ hopes that the Obama administration will work harder for the pastor's release, now with support from Congress. 

On its website, ACLJ has an extensive history of Abedini's arrest and imprisonment, including how the House Committee on Foreign Affairs voted on June 2 to demand his release. He was viciously beaten by other prisoners the next day. 

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