Nabil Abbar (whose name has been change to protect him and his family) wept tears of joy when he received the news. Abbar endured horrendous physical abuse at the hands of the police in his own country and elsewhere due to his commitment to spreading the Gospel. The objective of government security forces was to obtain information on the identities of other Christians, Muslims with whom he shared his faith, and foreign missionaries.
“You might have heard the biblical story of the three men who were thrown into a furnace by their government for being faithful to God,” said Brad Dacus, president of PJI, which represented Abbar for more than two years on his asylum petition. “That story could serve as an apt metaphor for what Christians like Abbar experience in the Middle East every day. Just as God protected Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, he protected Abbar.”
In addition to the in-house attorneys, PJI would like to acknowledge the work of affiliate attorney Brian Barner on this case.