Jan. 10, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which focuses on constitutional and human rights law, announced today American Pastor
, a U.S. citizen being held in an Iranian prison because of his Christian faith, has told his family that he is being threatened with death. The
, released today to family members in
, comes just days after the ACLJ learned that his case has now been turned over to an Iranian "hanging judge."
"The life of Pastor Saeed is in grave danger," said
, Executive Director of the ACLJ. "When you read Pastor Saeed's own words, you understand that
has absolutely no regard for human rights and religious freedom. And now facing one of
's most notorious judges, Pastor Saeed is in a real sense an American abandoned in
. The U.S. State Department has done very little to help this U.S. citizen. We continue to press the Obama Administration to engage this case – to speak out forcefully on Pastor Saeed's behalf and put pressure on
's allies to free this American. Time is of the essence."
In a letter released to family members in
today, Pastor Saeed underscores the danger he faces daily:
"This is the process in my life today: one day I am told I will be freed and allowed to see my family and kids on Christmas (which was a lie) and the next day I am told I will hang for my faith in Jesus. One day there are intense pains after beatings in interrogations, the next day they are nice to you and offer you candy," Pastor Saeed wrote.