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Wife of pastor jailed in Iran hand-delivers letter to new president

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Pastor Saeed Abedini with his family.
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The wife of the American pastor jailed in Iran for almost a year now was able to hand-deliver a letter to the new Iranian president pleading for her husband’s release.

Naghmeh Abedini, who has been the voice behind fighting for her husband’s freedom, traveled from her Idaho home to New York for the opportunity to give her letter to President Hasan Rouhani who is attending the United Nations General Assembly this week.

According to Fox News, Abedini stopped members of Rouhani’s delegation in their hotel lobby and delivered her letter.

Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of Pastor Saeed Abedini’s imprisonment in Iran for preaching his Christian faith. He was sentenced to serve eight years, and lost an appeal to reduce the sentence last month.

“Rowhani, a cleric and ‘moderate,’ took office in August and has created a buzz about potential talks between his nation and the U.S.,” Fox reported. “Abedini’s attorneys were hopeful that Rowhani would show clemency in cases of religious persecution.”

The release of Abedini would go a long way toward showing the world that the tweets sent Monday on behalf of Rouhani weren’t just empty words:

 

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