The wife of jailed American minister Saeed Abedini, who is serving an eight-year sentence in Iran, has delivered a letter to Iran's new President Hassan Rouhani urging Abedini's release.
Abedini is incarcerated in Iran's brutal Evin prison on charges of endangering national security, but his supporters say he was in Iran working to build an orphanage with permission of the Iranian government.
As Newsmax reported in August
, Abedini was beaten in prison to the point that he has been suffering from internal bleeding.
Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice, is representing Abedini. He disclosed in a release that on Monday, Abedini's wife Naghmeh was participating in an interview in the lobby of a New York hotel where she is staying.
President Rouhani is in New York for a United Nations meeting and is staying at the same hotel.
As the Iranian delegation, with Rouhani, walked through the hotel lobby, Naghmeh approached them, introduced herself, and asked Rouhani to release her husband. She said she wanted to deliver a letter Abedini had written to the president pleading for his release.
A member of Rouhani's detail accepted the letter.
Sekulow said: "We are hopeful that President Rouhani will quickly act for Pastor Saeed's release as he has done for other prisoners of conscience in Iran in recent days.
"Iran must release Pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen wrongly imprisoned for his faith. This week, September 26, is the one-year mark of his imprisonment."
Sekulow told Newsmax in August that Abedini has been seen by doctors, but because he is a Christian, the medical staff views him as "unclean" and he is often refused pain medication.
Secretary of State John Kerry is among those who have called on the Iranian government to release Abedini.
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