The facts just don’t add up. Our President secretly negotiated a deal to free a man who appears to have deserted his country and put fellow servicemen in danger while there are innocent American citizens being held in Iran, North Korea and Mexico.
Lawmakers and human rights groups have called out for the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini, the 34-year-old from Boise, Idaho, who left behind his wife, Naghmeh, and two young children to go back to his homeland on a mission to build a family orphanage.
Abedini, who had traveled to Iran many times before, was pulled off a bus in September of 2012 and sentenced to eight years in prison in January of 2013.
After months of pressure from Congress and rights groups, President Obama first mentioned Abedini in his historic phone call to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, on his exit trip from New York’s United Nations General Assembly in the fall of 2013.
Since then, there have been no demands for his release and many have criticized the President going forward with nuclear negotiations with the Iranian regime before first calling for the release of Abedini, as well as ex-marine Amir Hekmati, who is also being held in an Iranian prison.
Tonight, Judge Jeanine Pirro invited Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh, on to her program to discuss her feelings on the Bergdahl release. Naghmeh appeared with her attorney, Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice.
When the Judge asked Naghmeh, “Does it anger you when your husband was in Iran on a humanitarian mission can’t get home and then the President negotiates for a deserter like Bergdahl?”
Naghmeh responds, “It is frustrating, because according to Iran’s own admission, Saeed did not break any law.”
Judge Jeanine then turns to Sekulow asking if our government is doing anything behind the scenes to free Abedini.
“Prior to the public disclosure of the P5+1, the direction negotiations with Iran would be taking place, you would think there would be a conversation , a serious conversation, not a side conversation, not an off the table conversation, asking for the release of an American that’s been held in jail by the Iranian authorities for two years,” Sekulow says.
“I mean it would have been a simple precondition of serious discussion with the Iranians to get the American out.”