Feb. 6, 2014
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- President Obama today raised the imprisonment of American Pastor
at the National Prayer Breakfast in
and called on
to release him so he can return to his family.
"We are extremely pleased that President Obama publicly recognized Pastor Saeed's plight," said
, Executive Director of the ACLJ. "With President Obama highlighting this tragic case of religious persecution, we're hopeful that this new level of engagement by our government - President Obama publicly calling on
to release Pastor Saeed - will bring even more attention to the unjust treatment of a U.S. citizen who has been imprisoned for more than a year simply because of his Christian faith. We're grateful for President Obama's remarks and call on
to release Pastor Saeed so that he can return to his family in
from the National Prayer Breakfast included a direct appeal regarding Pastor Saeed:
"We pray for Pastor
. He's been held in
for more than 18 months - sentenced to eight years in prison on charges relating to his Christian beliefs. And as we continue to work for his freedom today, again, we call on the Iranian government to release Pastor Abedini so he can return to the loving arms of his wife and children in
President Obama raised the issue of Pastor Saeed in a private phone call with
President Rouhani last fall but today's comments mark the first time that President Obama has publicly addressed Pastor Saeed's plight.
The American Center for Law & Justice represents Pastor Saeed's wife, Naghmeh, and their two young children who reside in
. The ACLJ continues to work in this country and abroad to secure the freedom of Pastor Saeed. You can learn more about his case
Led by ACLJ Chief Counsel
, the American Center for Law and Justice is headquartered in
and has affiliated offices in
. The ACLJ is online at aclj.org.
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SOURCE American Center for Law and Justice