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ACLJ: Obama betrayed Abedini by reaching Iran pact without securing Boisean’s freedom

A conservative legal advocacy group that has been working diligently over the past year to get Saeed Abedini released from an Iranian prison said Sunday that the Obama Administration had “betrayed” the Boise pastor.

A spokesman for the Washington, D.C.,-based American Center for Law & Justice issued a scathing press release in response to news Sunday that the United States and other world powers had made a nuclear pact with Iran.

“President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry turned their backs on a U.S. citizen by refusing to secure his freedom before reaching an agreement with Iran,” said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the ACLJ. “It is outrageous and a betrayal of American Pastor Saeed Abedini who has spent more than a year in an Iranian prison simply because of his Christian faith. The Obama Administration has left Pastor Saeed behind.  And by failing to secure his release as a precondition to any negotiations, the Obama Administration sends a troubling message to the Iranian government that Americans are expendable.”

Abedini, 33, was imprisoned while in his native of Iran last summer. In January, he was convicted of undermining state security for his involvement in Christian home churches. He was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Other recent stories on Abedini:

Nov. 19: Idaho Pastor imprisoned in Iran granted visit from family

Oct. 10: European Parliament calls for release of Boise pastor from Iranian prison

Oct. 6: Naghmeh Abedini tells NPR she’s ‘very hopeful’ husband Saeed home soon

Sept. 27: Hundreds pray for jailed Boise pastor at Idaho Capitol

Sept. 25: Fight continues for Boise pastor held in Iran

Aug. 26: Imprisoned Boise pastor’s appeal rejected by Iranian court


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