Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Iranians Reject Saeed's Appeal

An  Iranian appeals court has rejected the request of American pastor Saeed Abedini for a reduction in his eight-year sentence, handed down earlier this year because of Saeed's "crimes" of sharing his Christian faith and operating homes for Iranian orphans. The background of his story can be found here and here.  Despite widespread protest from around the world, and probably caused in no small part by the indifference of the Obama Administration to this outrageous treatment of an American citizen, Iran has upheld Brother Saeed's disgusting and unjust sentence.

From Breitbart News:



The wife of an Iranian-American pastor imprisoned in Iran said Monday she was "extremely disappointed" that US President Barack Obama had remained silent on the case.

The statement by Naghmeh Abedini followed reports from Tehran that an Iranian appeals court had upheld her husband Saeed Abedini's conviction and eight-year prison term.

"The news out of Iran is devastating to our family," she said in a statement released by the American Center for Law and Justice, which is representing the family.

Abedini, a naturalized US citizen who converted from Islam to Christianity, was sentenced to prison in January for his role in establishing underground Christian churches in Iran.

His Iran-based lawyer Nasser Sarbazi said the Tehran appeals court confirmed the verdict.

"As a consequence, the sentence of eight years in prison is definitive from now on," Sarbazi said.

Naghmeh Abedini, who lives in Idaho with the couple's two children, said the family would be consulting with lawyers to determine whether to appeal to Iran's Supreme Court or Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country's supreme leader.

She called in the meantime for stepped up international pressure in the case, and sharply criticized Obama for not speaking out on her husband's behalf.

"My husband is serving eight years in the notorious Evin prison and facing daily threats and abuse by radicals because he refuses to deny his Christian faith," she said.

"And yet, my president, President Obama, has not spoken a word about him," she said.
"I am extremely disappointed that President Obama has chosen to remain silent on this critical human and religious rights case of an American imprisoned in Iran," she said.

Although Secretary of State John Kerry has reportedly protested Saeed's treatment, President Obama has maintained a stony silence throughout, choosing to vent his anger at such inconvenient people as Edward Snowden, and crying his endless crocodile tears over the thug Trayvon Martin.  Christians will continue to pray for Saeed and his family: that the God Who melted the heart of the Pharaoh will intervene with the Iranians, that Saeed will remain in good health, and that his family will be comforted.  If it is God's pleasure to allow this situation to continue (and His judgments are true and righteous altogether), then the martyr's crown will be awarded to Saeed in due course. 

Islam continues, in Iran and Egypt, to persecute and kill Christians with joy and, in the Obama era, impunity.  The barbarian, sub-human  followers of the demon-possessed Muhammad will enjoy the fruit of their labors at His hand. 

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