by Stoyan Zaimov
"Though I am always looking forward to visitation days as my lone connection to Saeed, it pains me to know what my in-laws have lived through with their son. They live for these 15-minute visitations each week with their son, but watching your son endure the trauma of unjust imprisonment is brutal," Naghmeh said in an update earlier this week posted on the American Center for Law and Justice website.
"Increasingly, my updates from Iran come with many tears. The pain of seeing your son shackled, describing the pains in his body or the beatings he endures has at times been too much for his elderly parents. Today's update was told through uncontrollable tears. Having seen the pain of my own children, I can only imagine the pain Saeed's parents have endured the last three years," she continued.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned that Abedini will not be released until 19 Iranian prisoners held in the U.S. are granted their freedom.
Naghmeh, who along with the ACLJ has been campaigning for Abedini's release, said that it's unjust for Iran to hold the pastor as "collateral..."