American Pastor Saeed Abedini, serving an eight-year prison sentence in Iran because of his Christian faith, is directly appealing to Iran’s newly elected President Hassan Rouhani for justice and freedom.
In a letter written to the Iranian president, Abedini called on the new president to follow through on his pledge of moderation and pleads for compassion and justice so he can return to his wife and children in the United States.
Abedini’s letter comes as the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which represents his wife and children in the US and has been working to secure his freedom, launches a global letter-writing campaign urging President Rouhani to release Abedini.
To support Abedini, the ACLJ is asking for letters to be written directly to the Iranian president. Those interested can add their names to a petition containing the names of more than 620,000 people who have signed on already demanding Abedini’s release.
“This is a critical time for this US citizen who has been illegally imprisoned in one of Iran’s most dangerous prisons for nearly one year now,” said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the ACLJ.