An Iranian judge has sentenced an American Christian pastor to eight years in prison after he was tried for his religious beliefs, a U.S.-based religious group said Sunday.
Saeed Abedini was swiftly sentenced by a member of the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Court, according to the American Center for Law and Justice, an organization founded by television evangelist Pat Robertson.
CNN was not immediately able to confirm what went on in the court proceedings.
Ridiculous it's time for people of the world to take all governments down
It's certainly time to take down the government in Iran.
Bring back the Shah. Any Pahlavi will be wonderful.
Why WOULD any American citizen want to move to Iran in the first place? There are plenty of souls that need saving right here so i would think he would have lots of work here.
Why go there? Because "Onward, Christian Soldiers" is so much fun to sing. It always works in a service.
He's an Iranian Expat! That's why?
Lol @ Joey, i love singing too tho i imagine it would be quite hard to do if one dies.
So now, he can spread the "Gospel" among the inmates. The lord works in mysterious ways, I guess!
He was not charged for his religious beliefs, thats a misleading statement. Iran has had a christian & Jewish population for centuries.
he was charged for a activities which the Govt considered subversive.
The extent of anti-Iran propaganda we are fed on a daily basis would be apparent if you read "Iran" by Merlin Miller.
Merlin Miller is a Wst Point grad, US army veteran, writer & film maker.
Miller recently spent some time in Iran while attending Int.Independant Film makers festival.
good night all.
I don't care what the Iranian government says Saeed Abedini was charged with, our State Department should be working to get him out of Iran, but not John Kerry and Barack Obama, If this man were Muslim, he would get special treatment and a personal invitation to the White House!
a statement delivered Thursday in Geneva by Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, the U.S. representative on the U.N. Human Rights Council.
She said: "Iranian officials continue to restrict these communities' freedom to practice their religious beliefs free from harassment, threat or intimidation. Christian pastor Saeed Abedini's continuing harsh treatment at the hands of Iranian authorities exemplifies this trend.
"We repeat our call for the government of Iran to release Mr. Abedini, and others who are unjustly imprisoned, and to cease immediately its persecution of all religious minority communities. The United States also repeats its call for the government of Iran to provide without delay the urgent medical attention Mr. Abedini needs."
The last letter received by his family states hie face was beaten so badly he barely recognized himself in the mirror. Imprisonment is one thing, brutality is another.
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