American Pastor Beaten and Dragged from Hospital in Iran

Pastor Saeed Abedini still sits in Iranian custody. He has been held prisoner by the violent Islamic regime in Iran for almost two full years now, and still our government has done nothing to get him released. Pastor Saeed was charged with “compromising Iranian national security,” but the truth is that the Iranian government arrested him simply because he is a Christian. He was working in Iran building an orphanage to help poor and homeless children in the city of Rasht.

Several months ago he was transferred to a hospital because he had been so severely tortured by those guarding him that he needed round the clock medical attention.

pastor saeedNow Iranian officials have transferred him back to prison – even though he remains in need of medical assistance and witnesses at the hospital say that Pastor Saeed was severely beaten before being transferred out of the hospital and back to prison.

The reason for the transfer is unclear and according to family members, one of the guards who was involved in the transfer mentioned the Iranian nuclear talks as a possible motive.

“This is an extremely disappointing development – one that breaks my heart,” said Naghmeh Abedini, Pastor Saeed’s wife. “Our family is deeply saddened and we continue to pray for Saeed – for his safety and his release. We are very grateful that so many people around the world continue to pray for Saeed.”

When Pastor Saeed was transferred to the hospital in March, he was initially shackled by guards who lashed out violently against him. He was also denied medical treatment at that time and family members were prohibited from seeing him. 

Please pray for Pastor Saeed and his family. Also, please contact your state and national representatives and ask them to do their part in seeing that Pastor Saeed is soon released and brought home to America.

You can add your name to the petition for his freedom here along with over 250,000 other concerned folks from around the planet.

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing and Bravera Holdings. He's also the managing editor at,, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their five wonderful children.

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