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Mary Fairchild

Silent Stories: Sentenced to Death?

By January 21, 2013

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Pastor Saeed Abedini, Iran

Update: 01/28/2013 - Pastor Saeed was unjustly sentenced to eight years in one of Iran's deadliest prisons. Read the latest from American Center for Law and Justice and raise your voice in support of his release.

Born and raised in Iran, Pastor Abedini is an American citizen who left Islam and became a Christian at age 20.

For a number of years he traveled back and forth between the United States and Iran, working to build an underground network of churches to assist Muslims who had converted to Christianity. He was arrested and charged with undermining national security in July 2012 and his trial before one of Iran's infamous "hanging judges" began today.

Earlier, in a letter to his family from Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran, Saeed said he was "undergoing beatings" and told that he "will hang" for his Christian faith. The judge's verdict may come as early as next week. Saeed's wife and two young children, currently living in Idaho, are praying for a miracle but being told by Saeed's attorney to expect the worst.

The American Center for Law and Justice has been working around the clock to generate international pressure to free Pastor Saeed. "We know from past cases that strong international support is crucial, but the responsibility to support a U.S. citizen starts with our own government," said Jordan Sekulow, Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice. "While we patiently await Pastor Saeed's verdict there is still time for President Obama and Secretary Clinton to stand publicly with this U.S. citizen."

Pastor Saeed's Silent Story:

North Korea, Labor Camps

Extreme persecution of "several hundred thousand" Christians is taking place today inside Nazi-like death camps in North Korea, rated the worst place on earth to be a Christian by Open Doors' 2013 World Watch List.

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