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ICC Note: American Pastor Saeed Abedini has written a letter directly to the Iranian president appealing for him to consider his case and to call for his release. Saeed has been sentenced to eight years in prison as a result of his Christian faith. He was legally in the country working on a government approved orphanage project when he was detained, more than a year ago. September 26th will make one year in prison for pastor Saeed. 

9/16/2013 Iran (ACLJ) – American Pastor Saeed Abedini, serving an eight-year prison sentence in Iran because of his Christian faith, is directly appealing to Iran’s newly elected President Hassan Rouhani for justice and freedom. In a letter written to the Iranian president, Pastor Saeed, a U.S. citizen, called on the new president to follow through on his pledge of moderation and pleads for compassion and justice so he can return to his wife and children in the United States.
Pastor Saeed’s letter comes as the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which represents Pastor Saeed’s wife and children in the U.S. and has been working to secure his freedom, launches a global letter-writing campaign urging President Rouhani to release Pastor Saeed.
The ACLJ has launched a new website at BeHeardProject.com – a voice for the persecuted Church. To support Pastor Saeed, you can write a letter directly to the Iranian president and add your name to a petition containing the names of more than 620,000 people who have signed on already demanding the release of Pastor Saeed.
“This is a critical time for this U.S. citizen who has been illegally imprisoned in one of Iran’s most dangerous prisons for nearly one year now,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. “With Pastor Saeed’s direct appeal to the Iranian president and our global letter-writing campaign to urge him to release Pastor Saeed, the new Iranian president can send an important message to the world – that his promise of moderation can be fulfilled by releasing Pastor Saeed from prison. This American pastor has done nothing wrong – imprisoned only because of his Christian faith. We call on Iran to release him so he can return to his family.”
The latest developments come as Pastor Saeed’s illegal captivity approaches one year with September 26th marking the anniversary of being taken into custody by Iranian authorities.
In his letter to President Rouhani, Pastor Saeed provides details about his work in Iran and the fact he was completing work on an orphanage when he was taken into custody. He writes about the abuse and internal bleeding he has suffered as a result of his year-long imprisonment. He also calls on the president to follow through on his promise of moderation and urges the Iranian leader to exhibit compassion and justice so he can return to his family in the United States.
“My wife and children as well as over a billion Christians in the world seek God’s justice and then your consideration of this matter,” Pastor Saeed wrote.

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