Published On: Tue, Nov 5th, 2013

Pastor Saeed Abedini transferred to a more dangerous prison in Iran

According to the American Center for Law and Justice, Saeed Abedini, an American pastor imprisoned in Iran for his faith, is facing life-threatening conditions after a recent prison transfer.

Saeed’s family says he has been moved from the brutal Evin Prison to Rajai Shahr Prison, known to be an even more dangerous jail.

Pastor Saeed Abedini“The transfer to this prison is a deeply disturbing development and can only be viewed as a move that puts Pastor Saeed’s life directly at risk,” said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the ACLJ.

“A member of Pastor Saeed’s family in Iran arrived at Evin Prison today for the regular weekly visit and was told that Pastor Saeed had been moved to this this prison outside of Tehran yesterday — about an hour and a half drive away,” Sekulow said. “The family member travelled to Rajai Shahr Prison and was told that Pastor Saeed is imprisoned there and is not permitted to have any visitors.”

Saeed will be in a ward with those convicted for crimes such as rape and murder.

While there is broad bipartisan support for a Senate resolution calling for Saeed’s release, Sekulow says it’s crucial that President Barack Obama step in “directly and forcefully” to save his life.

“We are aware of and concerned about reports that U.S.-Iranian citizen Saeed Abedini, who was sentenced to eight years in prison in Iran on charges related to his religious beliefs, has been transferred from Evin prison to Rajai Shahr prison,” a State Department spokesperson told TheBlaze.

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