Washington D.C., Sep 30, 2013 / 16:39 pm
Human rights advocates gathered in front of the White House last week to pray and raise awareness for Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen who has been held in an Iranian prison for the past year.
Jordan Sekulow, director of policy and international operations for the American Center for Law and Justice, told CNA that the vigil's first goal is to "keep Saeed alive."
"The second," he continued, "is to bring him home. The third goal and focus of this week is to make sure that no more Iranian officials can ever say 'I've never heard of Saeed Abedini' and make sure that the president of the United States knows that he has to speak out."
Sekulow's organization represents Abedini's wife, Naghmeh, in working for the pastor's release.