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As ACLJ Executive Director Jordan Sekulow reported, American Pastor Saeed Abedini – who is wrongly imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith – was able to briefly visit with his Iranian family this week.
Pastor Saeed told his family in Iran that the most severe symptoms he had experienced, as a result of beatings and torment sustained in prison, appear to have waned. However, he is still experiencing severe pain in his abdomen such that he requested medical attention. The Iranian regime continues to refuse such medical treatment.
Iran’s willful denial of his basic medical care is a reflection of its inhuman treatment of prisoners of conscience.
Pastor Saeed also reported that since Iran’s presidential election last week Iranian prison guards and other officials have threatened to move him to a prison in a more remote area of Southern Iran. Such a move would make it nearly impossible for his family to visit him any longer. It would also tear him away from friendships he has developed with fellow prisoners of conscience.
You can read more of this report here.
Matthew Clark is Associate Counsel for Government Affairs and Media Advocacy with the ACLJ. A lifelong citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia, he lives with his wife and three boys in Northern Virginia. Follow Matthew Clark: @_MatthewClark.