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From Iranian Prison, U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini Claims Torture But Defends Faith

International campaign urging his release joined by more than 80 members of Congress.

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) continues to ramp up its campaign for the release of Iran-born American pastor Saeed Abedini, who remains in prison after being sentenced to eight years for "threatening national security" with his church planting.

ACLJ reports that its "Save Saeed" campaign has topped 330,000 signatures, surpassing its 300,000-signature goal.

This advocacy effort appears to be gaining even more momentum than the movement to release Church of Iran pastor Youcef Nadarkhani (which CT covered regularly), especially now that 80 members of Congress "from both parties signed a Feb. 12 letter urging Secretary of State John Kerry to 'exhaust every possible option to secure Mr. Abedini's immediate release.'"

Fueling the international campaign for Abedini's release is a letter from Abedini released earlier this week. In the letter, Abedini describes the conditions of the prison, but vows to remain strong in his faith. According to Morning Star News, Abedini wrote:

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