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Boise man imprisoned in Iran was hospitalized, then sent back to prison

Boisean Saeed Abedini has been imprisoned in Iran since September of 2012, and now he’s currently serving an eight-year sentence for promoting Christianity in his native land.

The American Center for Law & Justice, a Washington, D.C.-based Conservative group that’s been pushing for Abedini’s release, issued an update on his status.Abedini

A week ago, Abedini was moved from Rajai Shahr Prison to a private hospital in Iran for treatment of chronic stomach pain and other medical issues, which ACLJ says was due to repeated beatings. He was receiving good care and nourishment until Wednesday, when he was shackled and told he was being transported back to prison.

The guards told one of Abedini’s family members that a court order had been issued restricting visitors and requiring that he be shackled at all times.

The ACLJ publicly questioned the timing of this change in treatment.

“In what appears to be a move to put Iran in a favorable light, Pastor Saeed was moved to the hospital, something his Iranian family has been actively seeking for months, coinciding with the arrival of the High Representative of the European Union, Catherine Ashton in Iran.  However, as  soon as she departed Iran, Pastor Saeed was informed that he would be moved back to prison without receiving any real treatment,” the group said in a press release.

ACLJ officials say March 21 is the Iranian new year, and a time when prisoners of conscience receive clemency. The group is urging the Iranian government to grant clemency.





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