Trial Starts for American Pastor Jailed in Iran

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The trial of an Iranian-American pastor who has been imprisoned for his faith since September began Monday in Iran.

The prosecutor charged Pastor Saeed Abedini with attempting to undermine the Iranian government by creating a network of Christian house churches.

Abedini's attorney argued that his client's Christian activities were motivated solely by his faith and not a political agenda.

It's unclear if the trial wrapped up with Monday's hearing. It's also not known if the Iranian regime seeks to impose a lengthy prison sentence or the death penalty.

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The judge could hand down his verdict as early as next week.

The American Center for Law and Justice is urging President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to speak out publicly for Pastor Abedini.

Meanwhile, Abedini remains in prison and has not been released on bail as some media outlets have reported. 

"This is all a lie by the Iranian media. This has been a repeated promise by the Iranian regime since Saeed was first thrown in prison," his wife, Naghmeh, told the ACLJ about the false reports of bail being accepted by the Iranian regime.

"This is a game to silence the international media," she said.

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