ACLJ Grateful that President Obama Raises Plight of American Pastor Saeed Abedini and Calls on Iran to Release Him From Prison | American Center for Law and Justice
  Search  |  Login  |  Register

ACLJ Profile Completion

Verified

1391700904000

(Washington, DC) – President Obama today raised the imprisonment of American Pastor Saeed Abedini at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. and called on Iran to release him so he can return to his family.

"We are extremely pleased that President Obama publicly recognized Pastor Saeed's plight," said Jordan Sekulow, Executive Director of the ACLJ. "With President Obama highlighting this tragic case of religious persecution, we're hopeful that this new level of engagement by our government - President Obama publicly calling on Iran to release Pastor Saeed - will bring even more attention to the unjust treatment of a U.S. citizen who has been imprisoned for more than a year simply because of his Christian faith. We're grateful for President Obama's remarks and call on Iran to release Pastor Saeed so that he can return to his family in Idaho."

President Obama's remarks from the National Prayer Breakfast included a direct appeal regarding Pastor Saeed:

"We pray for Pastor Saeed Abedini. He's been held in Iran for more than 18 months - sentenced to eight years in prison on charges relating to his Christian beliefs.  And as we continue to work for his freedom today, again, we call on the Iranian government to release Pastor Abedini so he can return to the loving arms of his wife and children in Idaho."

President Obama raised the issue of Pastor Saeed in a private phone call with Iran's President Rouhani last fall but today's comments mark the first time that President Obama has publicly addressed Pastor Saeed's plight.

The American Center for Law & Justice represents Pastor Saeed's wife, Naghmeh, and their two young children who reside in Idaho. The ACLJ continues to work in this country and abroad to secure the freedom of Pastor Saeed. You can learn more about his case here.

Led by ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has affiliated offices in Israel, Russia, Kenya, France, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe.

Latest in
Middle East

President Trump Withdraws from the Iran Nuclear Deal

By ACLJ.org1525813947875

It’s a victory for America and our allies as President Trump, true to his word, has officially withdrawn the United States from what he accurately called the “defective at its core” Iran nuclear deal. Further, the President has ordered that sanctions be re-imposed on Iran in an expeditious manner.

read more

Iran’s Nuclear Lies Have Been Exposed

By ACLJ.org1525356000000

Iran lied about the 2015 nuclear deal and has been lying about its nuclear program, and that is very dangerous. It’s time to fix the nuclear deal or get out. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just held a press conference to confirm what we’ve been telling you for years. Obama’s Iran Deal...

read more

Iran: How to Fix a Bad Deal

By Wesley Smith1524855600000

In the first official State Visit of the Trump Administration, French President Emanuel Macron came to Washington for three days. It was a visit marked by much ceremony as we celebrate our historic relationship with America’s oldest ally. France has been a friend to the people of the United States...

read more

President Freezes $1 Billion in Pakistan Funding

By ACLJ.org1515189860692

The Trump Administration has just announced it is freezing upwards of $1 billion in security assistance funds to Pakistan . For years, Pakistan has taken billions in U.S. tax dollars while supporting enemies of the United States, including the Taliban and Al Qaeda. No more. Now, they have a choice:

read more