Saeed Abedini, a 33-year-old Boise man who has languished in an Iranian prison for more than a year after being convicted of illegal Christian activities, received the support of European leaders Thursday.
One of three resolutions passed by the European Parliament — which represents the European Union — condemned persecution of Christians in Syria, Pakistan and Iran.
“The fate of Pastor Saeed Abedini in Iran is also a matter of deep concern to MEPs (Member of the European Parliament), who called on the government to exonerate and release him immediately,” said a press release from the parliament.
The American Center for Law & Justice, a Washington, D.C.-based legal advocacy group that’s helping Abedini’s family, hailed the resolution as an important development in continued pressure on the Iranian government. The group says President Barack Obama spoke with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the historic phone call between the leaders.
More than 625,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Abedini’s release. Find that petition here.