Apr 27, 2016 by Will Maule

Saeed Abedini Denies Abuse Allegations - Calls His Wife His Hero

Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini is a hero to many, having spent three years confined in an Iranian prison simply for professing Christ. He was beaten and tortured for his belief in Jesus and his unwillingness to relent in his pursuit of the kingdom. However, allegations from his wife, Nagmeh, of physical abuse, have marred his release and return to the United States. In a recent interview with Christianity Today, Abedini addressed the allegations head on, and assured his followers that he has done nothing wrong.

When asked about the status of his marriage, he replied "she legally filled out a protection [restraining] order and filed for legal separation. Now we are in that process." He confirmed that the accusations Nagmeh has made are entirely "false." However, the interviewer brought up a brush with the law from back in 2007, where Abedini was charged with assaulting his wife. Abedini pled guilty back then. "I believe courts can make mistakes too. They are not God; they can make a mistake. I talked with Franklin Graham. He asked me to keep silent and not say anything about it anyone," Abedini said.

Abedini said he was confused over the guilty charge, as he insists that at the time, the court dismissed the charges against him. "They said that everything was okay, that they dismissed everything. So I said, okay, they made a mistake. Then three weeks ago, I saw from the news that I got a guilty charge, and I was shocked," he said.

The pastor was asked directly if there are things he has to repent of in his marriage. His answer was clear: no. "I completely reject all accusations," he said. However, Abedini also acknowledges his wife's sacrifice during his incarceration. "At the same time, I call Naghmeh and [our] children my heroes, because of their advocating for me and their standing for their faith. I just admire them. Naghmeh is my hero; she stood strong for years. But no, I never abused anyone in my life, and I’ve never been addicted to anything."

Read the full interview here.

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