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ACLJ: American Pastor Speaks From Iranian Prison: Death Threats Because Of His Christian Faith

The entire letter is available here.

The ACLJ represents Pastor Saeed's wife and children, who live in the United States. The ACLJ has launched an international campaign with more than 65,000 Americans calling on the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, and Congress to demand the release of Pastor Saeed.

His letter comes just days after the ACLJ learned that Pastor Saeed's case has now been turned over to Iranian Judge Pir-Abassi, who is often referred to as one of Iran's "hanging judges" for the numerous individuals he has sent to the gallows.

Pastor Saeed, 32, was granted U.S. citizenship in 2010 through marriage to his American wife. He and his wife, Naghmeh, have two children, a 6-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son. In 2008, Pastor Saeed became an ordained minister with the American Evangelistic Association. Naghmeh and the children reside in the western U.S. The Iranian government does not recognize his U.S. citizenship and for 3 years he travelled freely back and forth from Iran until this summer when he was put under house arrest. He was imprisoned in September and recently an Iranian court indicted him on several charges, which have not been made public. In fact, the government has refused to notify Pastor Saeed, his attorney, or his family about what's included in the specific charges. What's clear is that Pastor Saeed is in prison because of his Christian faith and his desire to share the Gospel with others.

Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has affiliated offices in Israel, Russia, Kenya, France, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe. The ACLJ is online at aclj.org.

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SOURCE American Center for Law and Justice

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