Saeed Abedini, In a disturbing turn of events, an American Pastor imprisoned in Iran has been transferred to one of the deadliest prisons in the world, placing this U.S. citizen’s life in grave danger.
We have written before about the plight of Pastor Saeed Abedini who has been sentence to eight years in prison because of his Christian faith. The ACLJ represents the Abedini family in the U.S.
For more than a year, the 33-year-old pastor, husband and father of two has been incarcerated in Evin Prison, one of the worst prisons in the world. He has endured mental and physical torment – including beatings at the hands of his captors that resulted in internal bleeding and other serious injuries.
As hard as it is to imagine, his transfer from Evin in Tehran to Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj puts him in even more danger. Rajai Shahr is known in the international human rights community as the prison where prisoners of conscience are sent to disappear.
Pastor Saeed went from sharing a prison cell with political prisoners to being surrounded by ruthless murderers. Prisoners who the Islamic Republic of Iran deems as inconvenient are often murdered or never heard from again after being sent to this prison.
Though months ago such a move was threatened as Iranian officials pressured Pastor Saeed to recant his faith in Christ and convert to Islam, the transfer, which occurred Sunday, was abrupt and unexplained.