The release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl by the Taliban on May 31 has renewed hope for the release of American prisoner Saeed Abedini from Iranian prison.
Pastor Abedini was arrested in September 2012 for allegedly trying to convert Iranians to Christianity. He was sentenced to eight years in prison in January 2013.
Abedini, who became a Christian in 2000, maintains that he traveled to his native country to help build a state-run orphanage, not to convert Muslims to Christianity. He has been beaten by inmates and guards while incarcerated, and was temporarily transferred to a hospital after suffering internal injuries from the assaults.
Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh, said that the release of Bergdahl and the public’s current interest in global human rights violations will hopefully lead to her husband’s release.
“I hope that our government takes this issue, this religious freedom issue, this human rights issue, seriously and that Iran gets the message that this is an important issue to us and Saeed needs to be release unconditionally and released immediately,” she told On Your Side.
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SOURCE: Christian Today