A Pastor’s wife’s plea for her husband is stirring the heartstrings this week, as a desperate woman whose husband is currently arrested and trapped in Iran is making a public plea to have him released. She spoke at a social hearing this Thursday on Capitol Hill to make the formal request as the wife of Saeed Abedini, a native-born man from Iran who went on to become a U.S. citizen. NewsOxy offers the news update this Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.
The pastor’s wife’s desperate plea came about following her husband visiting the Islamic Republic on a very humane mission. Interested in working to help young Iranian kids in a small orphanage last summer, Pastor Abedini was arrested on dubious charges, being told he was a “threat to Iran’s national security.”
He was later convicted and then sentenced to a full eight years behind bars back in January 2013 following a hasty decision, and has remained imprisoned in jail for eleven months since that date.
Now, the man’s attorneys — in addition to the heartfelt pleas of the pastor’s wife and those of his young children — are making a public cry to have him freed and returned home here to the U.S. According to the report, the real reason for the man’s arrest is not a national security threat, but in fact because he is a past Muslim that decided to transition to a new faith, that of Christianity.
It seems the Pastor’s wife’s pleas, while pained and desperate, are understandably angered as well. Says the source:
"His wife notes she feels let down by her country, the U.S. government, especially since his release was not a pre-condition to the recently brokered U.S.-Iranian nuclear deal … She had sharp words for leaders at the highest levels of people running our country."
“When I spoke in front of the Lantos Commission in March, I had anticipated I would battle the Iranian government for my husband’s freedom. I never anticipated that I would have to battle my own government,” she said. “How strong is our American president? How serious is he about American security? Would he act immediately with firm resolve to protect and defend?”
Nagmeh Abedini has promised she will not give up on her husband, and keep on fighting for his eventual freedom.