An American pastor thrown into one of Iran’s most brutal prisons has been shackled and denied medical treatment.

Pastor Saeed Abedini has been in prison for a year. He was sentenced to eight years for allegedly evangelizing in his homeland, but his supporters say he was only in Iran to start a secular orphanage.

Abedini was taken to the hospital more than a week ago with pain in his abdomen and internal bleeding from prison beatings, according to his lawyers.

His wife says Abedini was taken to the hospital, shackled to the bed and denied surgery for internal bleeding.

Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh Abedini, and Jay Sekulow, of the American Center for Law and Justice, were on “Fox and Friends” this morning to discuss the pastor’s condition.

Naghmeh said the longer her husband is gone, the harder it becomes for her and their children. She said she just wants him home.

Sekulow said that the American Center for Law and Justice has dispatched a team to the U.N. and is sending a team to the region for high-level negotiations with various governments in the region in hopes of freeing Abedini.


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