American pastor imprisoned while visiting family in Iran
Wife of jailed reverend speaks out
- Duration 5:39
- Date Dec 19, 2012
Wife of jailed reverend speaks out
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A lot of back to Hannity 832 year old American pastor the reverend site -- -- a -- has been obtained a detained by one of brand's most notorious prison since late September for charges.
That -- not -- -- made public other than the fact that he is a convert Christian now.
The -- was born in Iran he was granted US citizenship in 2010 after marrying an American woman since then.
His travel back to Iran to visit family multiple times but -- often they questioned by police for his Christian work throughout the country.
Now he's being held physically and emotionally abused and could face a lengthy prison term.
Or possibly even the death penalty.
-- the American set -- along justice has gotten involved in the hopes of having him released so where's the Obama administration -- the UN where's the State Department.
Joining me now to share that story is the wife of the reverend.
-- -- but -- and from the American Center for Law and Justice.
-- may let -- let me start with you this is obviously he's gone back and forth here.
Had little problems but not big problems what happened in this case that was different.
I believe that this time.
Has been handling place case and them.
Previously that intelligence police was.
And I believe that.
-- change from that intelligence police to the revolutionary guard.
Has changed the way they've been treating Christians and mission activities and I ran.
Well -- not very different from what we see happening Coptic Christians are being persecuted in Egypt.
A lot of Christians in the Muslim world this is not uncommon it's happening more more as a matter of fact as we see the rise of radicalism.
What have you found on this particular case -- you have access to him.
Well David is lawyers have been denied access to him actually and I ran in and the real troubling things or peripheral we're talking about a US citizen and showing you mentioned early on that we did not -- State Department.
Help right now we are now this the first time this is going public -- the story came out today Lisa safari posted on foxnews.com.
She's a Fox News contributor and been working with -- burns from our office.
What we've got right now -- -- -- situation not alike Yousef and -- Connie who was eventually released.
And it's gonna take international pressure his crime in the crimes that are being alleged here -- of course are not public they have not indicted.
But it's because he's a Christian and may have been cracked down as you said these Islamic -- Have continued to crack down whether it's and I ran -- in Egypt Coptic Christians are needed to -- -- awful time.
But in this particular case we've got the unique situation that we have a US citizen and we've got a US citizen that's being detained in a horrible facility jail.
-- I ran it and we've got to do everything we can globally to get him released because right now -- The situation is grave for anybody put in the situation but again got a US citizen who is being not only penalized but held.
Not only against his will begin -- don't know what's happening to -- -- -- that your talking to right now and family.
Are missing their husband it is Christmas this in the administration our administration -- administration needs to come out publicly.
They can do it through various sources that deal directly with irate and we are asking governments that deal with -- -- to do just that.
-- when's the last time you spoken to your husband.
It was and this will add this morning by some -- call he called his family's house and I ran.
And they were able to call from another cell phone and we got to speak through phone to phone and he was desperately wanting to hear.
I kits voice yet -- -- and he got to go ahead and what it would at least say was he able to talk -- -- -- be monitored.
Yes he was you know he's been hoping for the last few months to at least try to get out on -- he's.
Gone through some harsh treatments there and he had me put the -- on my daughter's.
Ears and he she was half asleep it was 5 in the morning again he told her.
I daddy loves you and -- she'd been wondering for her.
Weeks and weeks if he'd grown a beard and she'd miss hearing his voice she said mommy am forgetting daddy's boys how do you know and the honey got to use a -- -- And he got -- he got to say daddy loves you and I do you have appeared it's -- out pretty Bennett felt.
He got -- it and talked -- and he was pretty happy about that it was only lasted a few minutes.
How do you know he's being abused besides the fact that he's being held against his -- persecuted for religious reasons.
Pit and fifth when.
We've had a few phone to phones and few weeks ago he told -- -- -- -- There's -- prisoners.
Hurting him and there was this couple -- -- -- interrogators the second round.
Had hit them and had had am physically.
Abuse them and so he mentioned that.
There's no -- -- Jones owns us down.
-- you work so it's that lives and is one of the worst in Iran yet it's bad and we've got to like it's a global pressure and I appreciate you bringing this -- light tonight because it's gonna take global pressure to get this pastor released this US citizen.
-- should also say release from an Iranian jail.
So -- continue to monitor it and I hoping at home.