Tuesday (July 23) marked the 300th day of American pastor Saeed Abedini’s illegal imprisonment in Iran—300 days away from his wife and kids, 300 days of torment for his Christian faith, 300 days and counting.
Nearly a year ago, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard raided the home of Pastor Abedini’s parents in Tehran and imprisoned him solely on the basis of his faith. On account of that same faith, he faced a bogus trial and was convicted and sentenced to a lengthy prison term in Iran’s brutal Evin Prison. He has been subjected to beatings and harassment, which have caused internal injuries necessitating medical treatment.
Suffering from an internal injury in his stomach, Abedini has been in need of medical attention for quite some time. On July 20, 2013, he was taken to a private hospital in Tehran for treatment and, for the first time, was examined by a physician and prescribed medication for injuries he sustained from the beatings he endured by prison guards.
On two past occasions, the 33-year-old pastor has been taken to the local hospital only to be sent home without examination or treatment for his injuries. This time, authorities proved they have heard the international outcry for medical attention.