Saeed Abedini's Wife Says Every Day Her Husband Is In Prison Is a Death Sentence

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Saeed Abedini, the pastor jailed in Iran for his faith, is reportedly in a new wing of Evin prison and receiving better medical care, according to family in Tehran.

Abedini was sentenced Sunday to eight years in Evin prison, one of the most brutal in Iran.

"Every day in that prison is a death sentence," his wife, Naghmeh Abedini, said. "It's a horrific prison and anything can happen."

Now that Pastor Abedini has been sentenced, she will no longer be able to speak to her husband by phone.

Naghmeh, who lives in the United States with her children, told CBN News she's focusing her attention on fighting for his release.

"The U.S Department is now in contact with me on a daily basis. They did release statements, both the U.S. Department of State and the White House, that they would do whatever resources they had internally and also internationally, they would use to get Saeed out of Iran," she said.

"And they demanded the Iranian government release Saeed, which was a powerful statement," she added. "I appreciate them for doing that, and we're working with them to see what avenues are available to us to get Saeed out."

CBN News's Jennifer Wishon asked White House press secretary Jay Carney about Pastor Abedini's plight at Monday's briefing.

"Given the lack of diplomatic relations the U.S. has with Iran, what realistically can the administration do in this case and other cases like it?" Wishon asked. "Should his family have any hope that there is anything the U.S. can do to help in the situation?"

"We condemn Iran's continued violation of the universal right of freedom of religion and we call on the Iranian authorities to release Mr. Abedini," he replied.

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SOURCE: CBN News
Caitlin Burke and Charlene Israel
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