WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Congressional hearing that is set for this week will include testimony on an American pastor that is serving a sentence of eight years in a notoriously brutal Iranian prison.
According to the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the U.S. Congress has scheduled a hearing on Friday on the subject of “The Worsening Plight of Religious Minorities in Iran.” The hearing will not only discuss religious persecution in general, but will also center in on the plight of Pastor Saeed Abedini, who states that he is being tortured in prison and is enduring “physical violence” and other “horrific pressures” behind bars.
“[It is] so very difficult that my eyes get blurry, my body does not have the strength to walk, and my steps become very weak and shaky,” Abedini recently wrote in a letter to his family.
As previously reported, the 32-year-old, who resides in Idaho with his wife and two children, was taken into custody last September while visiting his homeland of Iran as he had returned to spend time with his parents and to continue his charity work of building an orphanage. He has taken a number of trips to Iran since moving to America in 2005.