Saeed Abedini, the American pastor imprisoned in Iran for his faith, has been released from solitary confinement, "a direct result of the multitudes praying," his wife told the American Center for Law and Justice Thursday (May 9).
"Our sources in Iran have confirmed that Iranian authorities returned Pastor Saeed to his cell in Ward 350 yesterday," ACLJ, which represents Abedini's wife and two children living in the United States, said.
The pastor was placed in solitary confinement, described as a "small, dark hole," April 29 and reportedly spent his 33rd birthday there May 7, even as 52,000 letters of encouragement were en route to him in the Islamic Republic from concerned citizens mainly in the United States.
Though many will rejoice that Abedini, a U.S. citizen of Iranian descent, is no longer confined alone, Jordan Sekulow, ACLJ's executive director, noted that the pastor remains captive in a brutal Tehran prison and suffers internal bleeding from repeated beatings.
"The severity of his medical condition remains a concern as he began complaining of symptoms of kidney issues before he was placed in solitary confinement," Sekulow wrote May 9.
Sekulow did not know the fate of the nine other prisoners who also were placed in solitary confinement in Evin prison after a peaceful protest over the lack of medical care received by Abedini and others. Previous reports indicated care was being denied because Abedini, a Christian, is considered "unclean."
"We are hopeful that Pastor Saeed's early return to the general population of Ward 350 is a sign that international pressure on Iran is beginning to have an effect," Sekulow wrote.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press