Boise pastor's case sent to notorious judge

Boise pastor's case sent to notorious judge

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by Stephanie Zepelin

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KTVB.COM

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 9:35 AM

BOISE -- In 2009, KTVB was there when Pastor Saeed Abedini came home after being held captive in Iran. Abedini was seen as a threat to national security in Iran for running a house church movement there.

"In 2009 when they detained him, he was able to make an agreement with the intelligence police that said that he would cease all activities as the leader of this underground house church movement," said Tiffany Barrans, who works on Saeed's legal team with the American Center for Law and Justice.

Since then, Abedini said he has honored the agreement and made eight more trips to Iran. He was there visiting family and working on an orphanage during his last visit in the summer of 2012.

"The regime went back on its 2009 promise and decided to hold Saeed and now imprison Saeed, and bring him back up on the charges related to his 2009 detainment, said Barrans.
   
Abedini is being held in what Barrans said is a notoriously brutal prison, Evin Prison, in Tehran, Iran. Now his case has been assigned to the 26th Branch of the Revolutionary Court.

"Judge Pierre Abbasi who heads that branch," said Barrans, "is specifically notorious for his brutal sentences. He's been nicknamed the 'hanging judge' by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom."

Barrans said they are worried, but they're not done fighting.

"I think we have a lot of work ahead of us. I think it could be very detrimental for Aaeed. We have cause for concern, cause, hopefully, to get our government more involved, to get governments around the world speak up against Iran's violation of human rights."

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