Naghmeh Abedini is pulling back her public fight to see her husband Pastor Saeed Abedini freed from an Iranian prison.
Christianity Today reports the emotional stress of the effort, along with “abuse” issues in her marriage before and since Saeed’s imprisonment, have taken a toll. CBN News contacted the American Center for Law and Justice, which represents the Abedini family, for a response.
“In recent days, Naghmeh — Pastor Saeed’s wife — has revealed that she is dealing with some very serious personal issues inside her family. She has asked for privacy and prayer. We are respecting her request. The ACLJ will not have any comment on the personal issues that she is addressing,” The ACLJ told CBN News.
The CT article is based mostly on two emails Abenini sent to supporters revealing the problems.
In those emails she listed marriage problems including “physical, emotional, psychological and sexual abuse [through Saeed’s addiction to pornography].”
The ACLJ gave CBN News this statement from Naghmeh Abedini, “I regret having sent the emails. I was under great psychological and emotional distress.”
“I am now taking time off to heal and to rest and to spend much needed time with my kids. I would appreciate for those who care about Saeed and our family to give us time for rest and healing and to respect our privacy,” she also said in the statement.
The ACLJ told CBN News it remains committed to seeing Saeed’s freedom.
“What we are focused on is this: bringing home an American pastor who has been wrongly imprisoned in Iran because of his faith. We know that Pastor Saeed remains in grave danger in prison where he continues to be beaten and psychologically abused by Iranian guards and remains in need of medical care,” the ACLJ said.
“We continue to pray for Naghmeh, Pastor Saeed, and their family. We will continue our work — in this country and abroad — to secure the freedom of this U.S. citizen,” the ACLJ statement concluded.
Naghmeh also asked for the prayer to continue for Saeed and their family. CT reported she pointed out that Saeed still shares his faith in Jesus while imprisoned — and that she calls her husband a “treasure.”
“But that does not mean he has not been battling with his own demons which I am believing that he can be freed of.” CT quoted from Abedini’s writings.
“I will continue to pray for my husband’s release and advocate for him as he suffers in an Iranian prison for his Christian faith. I would also ask others to join me in continuing to pray for his release,” Naghmeh said in her statement to CBN News.
Saeed Abendini has spent more than three years in an Iranian prison simply for his Christian faith. He is still mistreated, beaten and denied medical care.