According to Mohabat News, RFE/RL published a news story based on a report by Associated Press, quoting the U.S. Department of State spokesperson as saying, U.S. authorities are "aware" of the Iranian-American pastor's case. In a press conference on Thursday, December 20, she added that they cannot reveal more details due to "privacy considerations".
Pastor Saeed Abedini's wife and attorney say he was arrested about three months ago while he was on a trip to Iran, to continue building an orphanage. He has not been officially charged yet.
Fox News TV reported on Wednesday, December 19, that 32 year old Saeed Abedini, the Iranian-American pastor who resides in the U.S. with his wife and two children, was arrested in late September while visiting his family in Iran.
Saeed Abedini is a convert from Islam who became a Christians years ago in Iran.
As his wife says, the Iranian security authorities stopped his bus near the Iran-Turkey border, took him off the bus, seized his passport and subjected him to severe interrogation.
He has been in prison since September 26 and is currently awaiting trial. Humanitarian organizations as well as western governments have repeatedly warned against violation of Human Rights in Iran and expressed their concerns in this respect.