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Published On: Fri, Aug 15th, 2014

Jay Sekulow, ACLJ on Pastor Saeed Abedini: ‘Extremenely Dangerous’ times as threats come from IS terrorists

Just ahead of the two-year anniversary of Pastor Saeed Abedini’s imprisonment in Iran nears, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) reports that Saeed now faces new death threats from Islamic State (IS) terrorists. Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh, told ACLJ that IS prisoners have threatened to kill Abedini because of his Christian faith.
 
Pastor Saeed Abedini

Pastor Saeed Abedini

Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the ACLJ, which represents Naghmeh, said “This is an extremely dangerous development that puts Pastor Saeed’s life at grave risk. Not only is Pastor Saeed facing threats from Iranian militants who have imprisoned him because of his Christian faith, he now faces new and perhaps even more dangerous threats from Iraqi ISIS prisoners who want to murder Pastor Saeed because of his faith.”

 
ISIS stands for Islamic State of Iraq and Syrai, but now shortens their name to simply IS after a brief stint as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
 
“We call on President Obama and Secretary Kerry to intervene immediately to secure Pastor Saeed’s release and to ensure that he is protected during this transfer to freedom,” continues Sekulow. “Pastor Saeed, who is approaching his second year of imprisonment in Iran, must be returned to his family without delay.”
 
Saeed was arrested while working on a state approved orphanage in Iran and has sustained horrific injuries while in prison. At one point he was being denied care and was refused visit by his family in Iran.
 
Charisma News summarizes that “Abedini has told family members that he is currently in a separate section of the ward—removed from the ISIS terrorists—but is concerned that he will be subjected to the general prison population—including the ISIS terrorists—during a brief, daily exercise period in the prison yard. Abedini has said he will not leave his prison cell to go to the prison yard for fear of his safety…Due to the severe overcrowding and lack of supervision of the prisoners, Abedini communicated that he has had to hide inside his cell and rely on the protection of fellow prisoners when some of these extremists have ventured into his section on their return to the ward from their daily outings.”
 
Naghmeh is calling on Christians around the world to pray for her husband and other persecuted Christians September 26, 2014, the anniversary of Saeed’s imprisonment.
 
To find a prayer vigil near you go to http://beheardproject.com/prayer-vigil/saeed.
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