Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini, who was jailed in Iran for evangelization and released in January, said that, upon his release, the U.S. government flew him to Germany for a health check-up but then told him he had to purchase his own plane ticket home to the United States.
“In Germany, actually, they told us, ‘You need to buy your own ticket to come to the United States,’ and I was shocked,” said Abedini in a Sept. 22 interview on the Fox Business Network. “I said, ‘How come?’ And they said ‘that was our job to bring you out of Iran, not bring you inside the United States.’”
“I talked to other Americans in the hospital and we were all actually shocked because I thought that, I just came out and I had prison clothes, nothing, and they told us you need to buy your own ticket,” said Abedini, who had converted to Christianity from Shia Islam in 2000.
Abedini believes that he and the other hostages were released only after the secret $400 million payment by the Obama administration to the Iranian government had changed hands.