Islamic State Threatens U.S. Pastor in Iranian Jail

Monday, August 18, 2014

By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

TEHRAN (Worthy News)-- Pastor Saeed Abedini is facing death threats from members of the Islamic State who are incarcerated in the same Iranian prison where Abedini is being held, according to CBN.

"This is an extremely dangerous development that puts Pastor Saeed's life at grave risk," said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice.

The ACLJ has been working for Abedini's release from Rajai Shahr Prison after he was sentenced to eight years for his Christian faith.

"We call on President Obama and Secretary Kerry to intervene immediately to secure Pastor Saeed's release and to ensure that he is protected during this transfer to freedom," Sekulow said. "Pastor Saeed, who is approaching his second year of imprisonment in Iran, must be returned to his family without delay."

Through the prison "grapevine" Abedini learned that the IS prisoners had planned to kill him. Abedini is currently being held in a ward without any IS inmates, but he must rely on his fellow prisoners to protect him during the daily group exercise with the rest of the prison population.