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Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the sentencing of Pastor Saeed Abedini in Iran:

“Mr. Abedini’s detention and sentence demonstrate the Iranian regime’s blatant disregard for the most fundamental human rights, including freedom of religion.  I fully support the State Department’s condemnation of this sentencing and call for the release of this American pastor.”