American Pastor Moved to Dangerous Iranian Prison; Obama Urged to Speak Up

( – The Iranian prison where American pastor Saeed Abedini is now being held is “regarded as one of Iran’s harshest jails because of its high number of cases of torture, rape and murder,” according to press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders.

Human rights groups have long received reports from relatives of political and other prisoners held at Rajaee Shahr (Rajaishahr) prison in Karaj, near Tehran, about the conditions there, including claims of serious violence, overcrowding, torture and denial of medical attention.

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which is acting for Abedini’s family, learned this week that Iranian authorities had moved him on Sunday from Tehran’s Evin prison, where he has been incarcerated for more than a year, to Rajaee Shahr.

“Pastor Saeed has been placed in a 3m by 3m cell (approximately 10ft by 10ft) with five other inmates in the ward reserved for murderers and rapists,” ACLJ Executive Director Jordan Sekulow wrote in a letter to President Obama, urging him to speak out “directly and forcefully” to save the pastor’s life. Full Article