According to Mohabat News, Fox News said in a news report that "Pastor Saeed Abedini", who lives in the U.S. with his wife and two children, was visiting his family in Iran, when plain-clothes security authorities put him under arrest.
Saeed Abedini is a Christian convert who embraced Christ years ago in Iran.
His wife, Naghmeh Abedini, who is in the U.S. said, "When he became a Christian, he was considered a criminal in his own country."
The report goes on to say, Saeed Abedini left his wife and two children in the U.S. to travel to Iran, visit his family and continue a humanitarian effort he began years ago to build an orphanage.
As his wife says, after a short visit to a nearby country, Abedini was traveling back into Iran to catch his flight back to the U.S. when members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard stopped his bus near the Turkey-Iran border and pulled Abedini from the bus, confiscating his passport and subjecting him to intense interrogation.
After weeks under house arrest and many calls to Iran's passport control office about the status of his confiscated passport, Abedini was told that his case had been referred to the Revolutionary Guard, the Iranian government's elite military force.
Parents's House Searched by Authorities
According to the report, five security authorities in plain clothes, raided Abedini's parents' home in Tehran on September 26. They thoroughly searched the house, confiscated all his personal belongings, and arrested Saeed Abedini himself.
Abedini's family says the government has demanded a 500 million Toman (Approximately 410,000 USD) bail for his release. However, once his family provided the required bail, they refused to accept the bail and said they will keep him longer. They also did not provide a convincing reason for this refusal.
Thus, Saeed Abedini still remains imprisoned in notorious Evin prison.
Pastor Abedini's attorney says, he was subjected to severe interrogations after his arrest and was threatened with death because of his conversion from Islam.
His attorney added, the authorities required him to sign an agreement in which the government would not charge him for his Christian activities, and he would be allowed to enter and exit the country so long as he ceased all official house church activities.
It is worth mentioning that the U.S. Department of State has warned Iranian-Americans against travel to Iran.
The warning, published on December 7, on the Department of State website, reads, "Some elements in Iran remain hostile to the United States. As a result, U.S. citizens may be subject to harassment or arrest while traveling or residing in Iran."