ISIS terrorists who are wreaking havoc, misery, and murder in Iraq — executing Christians and beheading children, now have a new target. Iranian-American Pastor Saeed Abedini, imprisoned for his faith in the notorious Rajai Shahr Prison near Tehran, Iran, has been threatened by ISIS thugs being held in the same prison, according to the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).
The conservative, Christian legal and humanitarian advocacy group, which has been at the forefront of efforts to secure Abedini's release and see him returned to his home in the United States, reported August 13 that ISIS criminals imprisoned in the same ward as Pastor Abedini, “have communicated through other prisoners that they will kill him because of his Christian faith.” According to the ACLJ report, Abedini, who is serving an eight-year prison term for his church and humanitarian work among his native Iranian people, communicated to family members recently that his life is in danger from imprisoned Islamic criminals.
“Though the ISIS terrorists are held in a separate section of the prison ward,” wrote the ACLJ's Jordan Sekulow in a post on the crisis, “they have on several occasions made their way by Pastor Saeed’s section on their way back from the prison yard, forcing Pastor Saeed to hide.” Sekulow added that Abedini is also in danger of the violent terrorists during short exercise period outdoors, in which the thugs participate. “Pastor Saeed has been forced to remain in his cell and refuse to use his allotted time in the prison yard,” Sekulow wrote.
Abedini has been imprisoned in Iraq since his arrest nearly two years ago when he traveled from the United States to the Islamic country to oversee the building of a children's home in the city of Rasht. Abedini converted to Christianity from Islam several years ago, eventually becoming a Christian pastor, and while Iran officially recognizes Christianity as a minority religion in the country, those who convert to the faith from Islam face oppression and even criminal charges.
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