American pastor's ordeal inside Iranian prison
What is Pastor Saeed Abedini facing?
- Duration 5:41
- Date Feb 24, 2013
What is Pastor Saeed Abedini facing?
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-- supporters of an American pastor jailed in Iran are hoping -- will take up the case now that he is the country's top diplomat.
More than eighty members of congress to send -- a letter asking him to secure pastor psyche -- the detainees release.
Last month of the Dini was sentenced to eight years any notorious are running -- any just released letter he describes being physically and but psychologically tortured because of his Christian faith.
Jordan secular I was the executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice which has been fighting for the -- release and joining us by -- the pastor's wife.
The Dini thank you both very much for your time today if you.
Thank you for having -- man wanna start with you.
It tell us a little bit about this letter how you were doing an -- your family your children as well.
It was they hired receiving this letter realizing how Diane Harris Howard in -- situation is.
Be running government would content and -- like cute violent.
Silent let them.
Had initially tried but I think it would be really.
Trying to pilot the media at really important that we continue Blake being.
Our concern over and health and because he thought he speaks about death threats -- a letter and how how dire his situation is and how it's very important that we continue to speak out and that the -- You get him out of there eight years.
Is it really a death sentence they don't know how long is going to provide enough president.
I want to read a little bit of the letter that you all shared with us in it in one section on -- the -- says various bullying groups the psychological warfare a year of not seeing my family.
Physical violence actions committed to humiliate me insults being not being confronted with extremists in the prison.
Who create another prison week in the prison walls.
And the death threats.
During misses -- half dire situation.
What more could -- -- authorities be doing in do you have confidence that new secretary of state -- will take up the site.
There's certainly been a chain -- and that's good news marker rubio senator rubio led a charge today singer -- was confirmed.
Asking him directly to respond in writing about pastor site and he did.
Now we're waiting to see if he'll do more -- senator rubio is office I know is working with the secretary of State's office we also finally.
Real bipartisan support out of those 84 members -- congress who signed that letter.
Nineteen -- Democrats including -- the twelve US senator six are Democrats who have rated the spectrum from the far left to the far right and everyone.
In between and that's what we needed we're also with the -- -- now.
At the UN human rights counts weren't -- so we just standing there if you will.
To present his case before the 47 member states that started this week there's two opportunities march 5 of march 11.
To take this internationally as well but what was also interesting and so troubling the letter was for the first time pastors say talking about.
The -- asking him to -- -- faith.
You know that the basically you'll get out of -- if you just become -- Muslim again.
And -- different than in the past with -- any of these cases Iran is making no mistakes about what this is about.
It's about as christianity it's about the dates back to 2002001.
And and that's it and its stake it now they've said you know we'll start beating you will stop torturing him.
You'll be -- walk again you won't be that we can shaking more if -- deny your faith he says of course you won't do that.
And just the people understand he has US citizen due to US air disaster were talking that's right.
Not me when I read another part of the letter because as I was reading -- you're just 88 I'm sure for you especially as his wife.
This must be so typical because it takes your breath away what he's living wet.
As I was so concerned about him reading the letter he also writes.
What will come out of me during these intense times but again this is another golden opportunity for me to shine the light of Christ in this dark world.
And to let god use me.
Are you encouraged that he still is able to -- some positive.
Results of what he's going through at this point.
Yes I -- first multilateral.
I have been scared.
Knowing what he's going -- -- -- yes but when I read about Arctic -- smiled and knowing his character he.
He's very document states and he would.
Backed down on what he believed and what he believed to be right and he uses every opportunity -- -- has stated that how real it is state he talked about the letter that they type it states.
So how and he has state visit -- -- the deal is not there right.
The right way but he he had a -- being kind and grace to be able to do so love and even.
Am I believe there's a part of that letter that he speaks about hiking.
A guard to attack them because he's where it's being used these praying.
And so it at this make me smile because I'm Protestant bank and product of the year isn't what he stands up for.
And it is it is that Iran is the one who's who's taking the illegal accent he's.
And there arresting him and because of his good faith with his according to their -- illegal.
And they have promised them beat him if he is denying that they and I cried.
And talent that can happen very quickly Jordan what can average person -- they -- help speak out we have a new website actually say say dot org over 300000 people hitting yesterday.
That's about 320000 people signed on to that.
From across the political spectrum it's not a partisan issue it's you ought to be Christian is just about.
Basic freedoms for an American.
Who was there wants to return to -- him he mentioned the letter it's been almost a year since he's got to see nogmanian a six year old daughter and four year old son and repeat the website once mumble make sure we treated feature -- I -- -- SA EG got work.
All right thank you both and thank -- not made a very much for your time.
Thank you look at it.