An Iranian-born American pastor imprisoned in Iran is set to go on trial Monday, Jan. 21.
Iranian Revolutionary Guard officers arrested Pastor Saeed Abedini, 32, in September, while he was in Iran to visit his family and work on a project for an orphanage.
His trial has been assigned to a judge who has been accused of human rights violations in the past for his prolific use of the death penalty.
Saeed became a U.S. citizen in 2010 when he married his American wife, Naghmeh Abedini. The Iranian government does not acknowledge his dual citizenship and the U.S. State Department has not taken any definitive action on his behalf.
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In a recent letter to his wife, Saeed said he is being beaten regularly and has been told he "will hang" for his faith in Jesus.
"One day there are intense pains after beatings in interrogations; the next day they are nice to you and offer you candy," he wrote.
After being arrested and interrogated in 2009, the Iranian government warned him to cease all activities with Iran's underground Christian community.
Jordan Sekulow, with the American Center for Law and Justice, said it's time for the United States to act on the behalf of Pastor Saeed. The ACLJ is fighting for his release.
"We did not see any action from the State Deptartment until finally last week the media's attention on this had shamed them into saying we're actually concerned about the matter," Sekulow said.
"All they had done before is say they were aware of it, but they have still fallen short of calling for an American citizens release," he said.
Click play above to watch more of Sekulow's interview on Pastor Saeed's situation, on CBN New Channel Morning News, Jan. 16.