Saturday, December 7, 2013

VERY IMPORTANT ACLJ Pastor Saeed Updates

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Posted December 7, 2013

Here are a couple of emails from ACLJ updating Pastor Saeed Abedini incarceration in a deplorable Iranian prison for simply being a Christian. Following the two emails I am posting an ACLJ update pertaining Congressional Hearings about Pastor Saeed’s unjust imprisonment.

JRH 12/7/13
Saeed robbed, life threatened

Sent by Jordan Sekulow
Sent: Dec 4, 2013 at 7:34 AM
Sent by ACLJ

Deadly threats to American Pastor Saeed are increasing.

We have just learned that he has been repeatedly robbed and threatened at knifepoint by fellow prisoners in the deadly Iranian prison to which he has been transferred.

His health is quickly deteriorating. Iranian authorities refuse to give him medication and deplorable prison conditions have led to lice, malnourishment, and weight loss.

Iran has sent him to disappear. The U.S. government has abandoned this U.S. citizen. Pastor Saeed has been left for dead.

We must be his voice.

I, along with ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, am in Europe meeting with key world leaders urging pressure on Iran for Saeed's release.

Join us in these meetings by signing our petition, and let the world know Pastor Saeed is not forgotten.

Jordan Sekulow
ACLJ Executive Director

P.S. As we mobilize our global resources for the persecuted Church, generous donors have agreed to double every tax-deductible gift through our year-end Matching Challenge.

Pastor Saeed malnourished

Sent: Dec 5, 2013 at 7:46 AM
Sent by:  Jordan Sekulow
Sent from: ACLJ

Awoken at knifepoint, robbed of basic necessities, and denied critical medication. This is what American Pastor Saeed faces on a daily basis – imprisoned in a deadly Iranian prison because of his faith.

What we learned this week is truly horrific.

Pastor Saeed is malnourished, losing weight, covered in lice, surrounded by murderers, and suffering under increasing pain.

He is being left for dead.

We must never let this happen.

I am with a team from the ACLJ in Europe, meeting with key world leaders to Save Saeed. We are telling them that this U.S. citizen has not been forgotten by hundreds of thousands – that you are standing with him. Be his voice. Be Heard.

Jordan Sekulow
ACLJ Executive Director

P.S. As we mobilize our global resources for the persecuted Church, generous donors have agreed to double every tax-deductible gift through our year-end Matching Challenge.

American Pastor Saeed Abedini's Wife and ACLJ to Testify Before Congress Next Week on His Worsening Plight

Dec. 6, 2013 12:05 PM

In a critical development in American Pastor Saeed Abedini’s case, Congress will hold a hearing next week on his worsening plight.

Pastor Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh, and I have been asked to testify about Pastor Saeed’s dire situation as Members of Congress seek to once again elevate the plight of this U.S. citizen who been abandoned and wrongly imprisoned in Iran because of his faith.

A joint subcommittee hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee has been set for next, Thursday, December 12th at 9:30am.

The hearing before the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, chaired by Representative Chris Smith (NJ), and the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, chaired by Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL), will focus on Pastor Saeed’s worsening plight.

We are grateful for this opportunity to elevate Pastor Saeed’s case, and it could not come at a more pivotal moment.

Last month Pastor Saeed was transferred from the political prisoner ward of Evin prison, a notoriously dangerous prison, to the violent criminal ward of Rajai Shahr prison, the deadliest prison in Iran.  This week we learned that Pastor Saeed has been repeatedly robbed and threatened at knifepoint in this new prison.

Pastor Saeed’s health is also deteriorating.  He is experiencing increased pain in his stomach as he is being denied necessary medication by Iranian authorities.  He is malnourished, covered in lice, and losing weight because of horrendous prison conditions.

In light of his deadly situation and the Obama Administration’s refusal to even ask for Pastor Saeed’s release in recent direct negotiations with Iran, it is imperative that Congress speak out.  The U.S. State Department and the Obama Administration must make Pastor Saeed’s freedom a true priority.

The life of a U.S. citizen – whose only “crime” is his Christian faith – is a stake.

More details and hearing location are available on the Committee’s website.

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