Iran Sentences U.S. Pastor to 8 Years for Christianity

February 01, 2013

From the Jerusalem Post:

Iran’s “hanging judge” convicted and sentenced American-Iranian Pastor Saeed Abedini on Sunday to eight years in Evin Prison because of his Christian faith.

Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the Washington-based American Center for Law and Justice, informed The Jerusalem Post on Sunday of the conviction. His organization represents Abedini’s family in the US and is working to secure his release.

Judge Pir-Abassi, whose reputation as Tehran’s “hanging judge,” prompted the European Union to sanction him for human rights violations, orally sentenced Abedini to eight years in prison for threatening the national security of the Islamic Republic because of his leadership role in Iran’s Christian house church community.

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