Gov. Pence, others pray for Iranian captive Abedini

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence has offered prayers for an American pastor being held in Iran.

Pence said Saeed Abedini is being “unjustly” held in an Iranian prison because of his religious beliefs. Pence joined others at the Indiana Statehouse on Friday as part of a national day of prayer to support Abedini.

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have both called for Abedini’s release.

Abedini was arrested in Iran two years ago while setting up an orphanage and sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of undermining state security. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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