Via Fox News:
Supporters of the American pastor held in Iran and facing a possible death sentence for his faith say the State Department is not doing enough to win his release.
Pastor Saeed Abedini, a Christian minister and American citizen who lives in Boise Idaho with his wife and two young children, has been held in Tehran’s infamous Evin Prison since September for allegedly evangelizing in his native country. Despite being held for months before formal charges were revealed at his trial this week, the State Department has not issued a statement or made any public demand that Iran release him, say his supporters.
“Every day counts. He is being tortured. They (State Department) can do so much more,” said Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh Abedini. “I’ve been so heartbroken. It’s as though we are letting the Iranian government lead with their interpretation of what he’s done wrong instead of protecting our American ideals.”
Last week about 50 members of the House of Representatives signed and delivered a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s office urging her to leave “no stone unturned” in her efforts to bring Pastor Saeed back home. Rep. Trent Franks, (R-Ariz.), said the State Department is ignoring its most basic duty by not doing more to help Abedini, 32.