A legal advocacy group that’s pressing for the release of a Boise pastor who was imprisoned in Iran in September says the 32-year-old has been sent to solitary confinement after a group of prisoners protested conditions at Evin Prison.
Saeed Abedini, who was put under house arrest last summer while visiting family and working on an orphanage, was imprisoned for his involvement in Christian house churches years ago.
“Family members in Iran confirm that Pastor Saeed, along with nine other prisoners, have been placed in solitary confinement with new reports indicating that in addition to the severe internal bleeding he is experiencing, which has gone untreated, he is a now facing issues with his kidneys,” says a Monday release from the Washington, D.C.-based American Center for Law & Justice.
ACLJ says that Abedini was among prisoners who signed a letter expressing concern about lack of medical care for prisoners, and threats to family members who visit prisoners. The group reportedly held a silent protest in a prison courtyard.
His family, who have been allowed to visit weekly, were turned away Monday and told he is no longer permitted to see visitors, ACLJ says. His wife, Naghmeh, has asked for prayers from supporters.
Over the weekend, Treasure Valley supporters turned out for a ride / walk that raised $2,800. Read more about that here.
Find out more about Abedini, his family and efforts to get him released in this article from Friday.