Wife of jailed American pastor: 8 years is 'death sentence'
Family devastated by sentence
- Duration 5:17
- Date Jan 28, 2013
Family devastated by sentence
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We'll -- American pastor who is on trial for opening a network of churches in Iran has now been sentenced to serve eight years.
In the country's most dangerous prison this comes right after last week we heard that he might be released then they couldn't find him for a couple of days -- has been torture for his family.
Not -- -- a Dini is the pastor's wife this is her first TV interview since that verdict.
And -- second those organizations that help in the Stanley fight for his release throughout he's executive director at the American Center for Law and Justice welcome back to the -- -- -- -- I worked -- not -- I can only imagine.
What went through your mind when you heard this sentence what was your reaction.
It was devastating there there -- -- glimmer of hope thousands of falsely given to us.
That he might be released and to hear the -- here's my kids will be teenagers.
There's no chance of us going back and seeing him.
At least on the prison visits and there's and event the phone calls are cut off now we won't be because won't even be able to hear their doubts -- This just seems very devastating that.
Not until they're teenagers third you know and toddlers right now will they ever.
Here -- their dad's voice or see him.
Short and what is the explanation.
From Iran if if if any.
The explanation is that this is a national security cried because he in that intentionally attempted.
To undermine the national security of -- -- government.
By working with house churches from 2001.
To 2005 -- got two pieces of breaking news though for you mark that first his attorney has confirmed to.
AFP which is -- great the appeal will move forward it's in the revolutionary court.
The second piece of information this statement yesterday and I have to think Fox News for tracking those down from the NFC and State Department about the conviction.
We emailed them last night so that we can get those directly from them were the attorneys we need it.
Not necessarily a written statement for professionally but just to confirm every piece.
We got this response back -- this underscores why it has been so difficult to work with the State Department.
And this NSA they will say one thing to the press what do they say that the people represented with a fairly here's an email from.
Bernadette she's the one quoted in the NFC to -- five.
The NFC is not released any written statements regarding mr.
gravity these case.
Spoke to comment that you sit in the -- we provided today we're not written statements but rather responses to inquiries.
For members of the press -- the headlines of the newspapers around the world today -- the State Department can give -- the US government -- -- in a statement.
So again this is that shows me why -- so nervous about having a foreign government meet with me and then -- the White House and say what are you gonna say -- they wouldn't think they.
I'm not mean what what are you thinking on your husband's an American citizen I wanna continue to stress this.
This is an American citizen being held in Iran.
On charges of of -- Asian and is Jordan's pointed out.
And did you know -- -- threat to the security of the government of Iran he has Stanley there he's gone back and forth freely for years he said to them.
We will no longer do the house churches if that you know is is is -- You know breaking a lot anyway we're not gonna do that anymore he was setting up an -- -- In Iran as part of his activities there.
What it let me what would you say to the State Department right now and I wonder you know I doubt -- he had time to watch sixty minutes interview for it last night perhaps a dead in the middle of all this.
But no questions about your husband's situation to Hillary Clinton last night.
That's unfortunate come.
It's that he's he was as you mentioned for the orphanage.
And he didn't break any laws he's there because of Iran violation of human rights for his belief as a Christian.
And -- the one that's violating and keeping him -- -- for five months and torturing him and being in such horrific prison eight years -- a death sentence anything can happen every day.
And so it's it's unfortunate that we're hearing.
We're not seeing them more aggressive action from our government and I and I.
Hope that to see more of that and not just from our government but all over the world because it that this is a violation of his.
Human rights in Iran and violating our rights and -- -- needs to be accountable to that.
You're told that he is in war in 350 now section three Paul one of Evan prison which is -- notoriously.
And you will not have any contact with him anymore your children as you point out six years old four years old.
And he has an eight year sentence what do you tell them what he's saying to them about this.
They don't know my daughter heard me say eight years to someone to -- mom what's.
Years and I couldn't -- they explained to him that they years 365.
Days and -- she doesn't get it -- they don't understand it at all they're still hoping every day that he's gonna come home.
I haven't -- taken that hope from them every night they pray and there they wake up hoping that he's gonna be home soon so I can't I can't even break that means to them.
They don't I understand the concept of years.
So little and I don't -- you -- -- thank you we appreciate you spending time with us and we very much wanna keep this story in the forefront.
And to continue to put pressure on as you say governments here and all around the world.
For this human rights violations Jordan thank you.
Keep in touch and we'll continue to tell your story we wish you all well.