ICC Note: American Pastor Saeed Abedini remains in an Iranian prison and is now into his second year of an eight year prison sentence as a result of his faith. The one year anniversary of his imprisonment was marked with prayer vigils around the world on September 26th. On September 27th, President Obama raised Saeed’s case during his phone call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. His case is known by the highest levels of both the United States and Iranian governments. Saeed heard about this latest development during a brief time of visitation with his family still in Tehran and was encouraged by the news.
By Stoyan Zaimov
10/01/2013 Iran (Christian Post) - Pastor Saeed Abedini has found out that President Barack Obama spoke with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and pressed for his release last week, which is said to provide the American citizen a "glimmer of hope" that he might finally be released.
"Early Monday morning in Tehran, Pastor Saeed's Iranian family was able to sit and visit with him – through a glass partition – during regular visitation hours at Evin Prison," The American Center for Law and Justice (ALJ) said in a press release.
"For the first time, Pastor Saeed had a glimmer of hope that he would soon be released. Iranian news sources had reported on President Obama's phone call with President Rouhani."
Obama's historic conversation with Rouhani on Friday was the first time an American and Iranian president have spoken in 34 years, and has brought notable encouragement to the Abedini family, who have been petitioning for the pastor's release.
The U.S. pastor has been imprisoned in Evin Prison in Tehran for more than a year and is currently serving an 8-year sentence. The ACLJ, which represents Abedini's wife, Naghmeh, and two children in the U.S., has said that the pastor is being punished for his Christian faith.
The legal group has put forth multiple petitions which have been signed by hundreds of thousands of people around the world in support of the pastor. It says that the Abedini family is cautiously optimistic at the recent developments, but the real victory will come when pastor Abedini is finally reunited with his family back in America.