The wife of an American pastor held captive in an Iranian prison for nearly a year said she has yet to hear from President Obama or Secretary of State John Kerry and to her knowledge the administration has not done anything to help free her husband.
“I have not received a telephone call from President Obama,” said Naghmeh Abedini, wife of Rev. Saeed Abedini. “I have not received a telephone call from Secretary of State John Kerry – unfortunately.”
Her husband is serving an eight year sentence in one of Iran’s most dangerous prisons where he has reportedly been tortured and subjected to death threats.
In 2009 Abedini made an agreement with the Iranian government to stop serving as the leader of a network of house churches. But he made clear to the regime that he could not stop professing his faith in Christ.
He had also received permission to build an orphanage – and traveled between Iran and the United States nine times without incident. It was on that ninth trip when he was arrested and detained without public notice of the charges.