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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Pastor Saeed Abedini in Good Spirits as Medical Condition Improves, but Threats Increase

By Jeremy Reynalds
Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service

WASHINGTON D.C. (ANS) -- The family of imprisoned American Pastor Saeed Abedini – a U.S. citizen – was able to visit him in Evin Prison earlier this week. He was in good spirits.

Saeed Abedini and his two children.

According to a story by Jordan Sekulow for the American Center for Law and Justice, (ACLJ), Abedini told his family in Iran that the most severe symptoms he had experienced, as a result of beatings and torment inflicted in prison, appear to have lessened.

However, he is still experiencing severe pain in his abdomen and has again requested medical attention, which continues to be denied.

The ACLJ commented, “Iran’s willful denial of his basic medical care is a reflection of its inhuman treatment of prisoners of conscience.”

The ACLJ reported that Abedini said since Iran’s presidential election last week, Iranian prison guards and other officials have threatened to move him to a prison in a more remote area of Southern Iran.

Such a move would make it nearly impossible for his family’s continued visits. It would also tear him away from friendships he has developed with fellow prisoners of conscience.

The ACLJ said while these are most likely empty threats made in an attempt to break his spirit, they reiterate the daily difficulties that Abedini faces – not only the fact that he is imprisoned, but the psychological torment he endures at the hands of his captors.

However, the ACLJ said, the modest improvements in his medical condition and good spirits is evidence that the “prayers of many” are being answered.

The ACLJ said, “Continue to pray for Pastor Saeed, his medical condition, and his freedom. Share his story at We will continue to bring you updates on his condition and our efforts for his release."

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Jeremy Reynalds is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, a freelance writer and also the founder and CEO of Joy Junction, New Mexico's largest emergency homeless shelter, He has a master's degree in communication from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in intercultural education from Biola University in Los Angeles. His newest book is "A Sheltered Life."

Additional details on "A Sheltered Life" are available at Reynalds lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information contact: Jeremy Reynalds at

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