The Iranian government indicted a 32-year-old Iranian-American pastor this week on unknown charges after he traveled to Iran to help build an orphanage and visit family.

Saeed Abedini, a Muslim convert to Christianity, has been harassed by the Iranian government for more than a decade because of his work in the house church movement in Iran, according to American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which is representing the pastor.

In 2005, Abedini and his American wife, Naghmeh, moved to the United States because of the increased persecution, and he has since gained U.S. citizenship. According to his Facebook page, Abedini and his family—including a 6-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son—reside in Boise, Idaho. Abedini was arrested on one of his frequent trips back to his home country.

ACLJ also worked to free Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani earlier this year when he was sentenced to death for apostasy. Executive director Jordan Sekulow said in a statement that he sees a “troubling pattern” of Christians being arrested in Iran for their faith.

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