Iran: Human Rights and Religious Leaders Call for Release of Iranian-American Pastor

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This week (September 26) Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini marks one year in prison in Iran. Abedini was arrested after he traveled there to help establish orphanages and a network of house churches. He was convicted of undermining Iran’s security and sentenced to eight years in prison. Human rights groups and religious leaders renewed calls for his release. As new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani traveled to the UN General Assembly in New York, evangelist Billy Graham issued an open letter also appealing for Abedini’s release.