Iranian court rejects American pastor's appeal
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The wife of an American pastor serving eight years in an Iranian prison says the Tehran Court of Appeals has rejected his appeal for a reduced sentence.
Pastor Saeed Abedini, whose family lives in Boise, Idaho, has been jailed in Iran since September. He was charged with attempting to undermine state security by creating a network of Christian churches in private homes. He was tried and sentenced in January.
Naghmeh Abedini says her 33-year-old husband's faith remains strong, but he's been suffering from internal bleeding.
She says their two small children pray for their father's release daily, and she hasn't had the heart to tell them about the court's ruling.
This week, as the U.S. commemorates the massive 1963 civil rights march in Washington, Naghmeh Abedini is urging President Barack Obama to denounce the violation of her husband's religious rights.
She notes that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
270-w-32-(Steve Coleman, AP religion editor, with Naghmeh Abedini, wife of Pastor Saeed Abedini)--The wife of an American pastor serving eight years in an Iranian prison says the Tehran Court of Appeals has rejected his appeal for a reduced sentence. AP Religion Editor Steve Coleman reports. (26 Aug 2013)
Created: Tue, 27 Aug 2013 04:16:17 EST
Updated: Tue, 27 Aug 2013 04:16:17 EST