Iranian Court Sentences American Citizen to Eight-Year Prison Term
An American citizen who was detained by authorities in his native Iran was sentenced on January 27 to eight years in prison by an Islamic court. According to the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) a Washington D.C.-based legal advocacy group that was lobbying for his release, 32-year-old Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been imprisoned in Iran since he was taken into custody last September, was convicted by Judge Pir-Abassi of Iran's Revolutionary Court for supposedly threatening Iran's national security because of his leadership in that country's underground church movement.
"This is a real travesty, a mockery of justice," said ACLJ's executive director. Jordan Sekulow, on January 27. "From the very beginning Iranian authorities have lied about all aspects of this case, even releasing rumors of his expected release. Iran has not only abused its own laws, it has trampled on the fundamentals of human rights.
Sekulow said it is deeply troubling that "we have a U.S. citizen who has been beaten and tortured since his imprisonment last fall, now facing eight years in Evin Prison, one of the most brutal prisons in Iran." He added that the pastor. …