Saeed Abedini, a Boise man who was imprisoned in Iran since September for his involvement in Christian house churches, was thrown in solitary confinement in late April after he participated in a silent protest of the conditions at Evin Prison.
Last week, a Washington, D.C.,-based legal advocacy group that’s pressing for Abedini’s release reported that he had been moved out of solitary confinement on Wednesday.
“This is a critical development and does raise hope after a very discouraging week,” the American Center for Law and Justice reported on its Web site. “It was believed that Pastor Saeed may have faced 20 days or more in solitary confinement. Pastor Saeed described the first time he spent in solitary confinement, some 200 days ago when he was first imprisoned for his Christian faith, as some of the worst days he has ever faced. Days felt like years he said.”
Naghmeh Abedini told the Statesman Sunday that the reason her husband was released from solitary confinement was due to pressure from the United Nations and a hunger strike that began on Monday.
Abedini’s family and supporters are concerned about his health following reports that he’s been beaten and tortured, and now may have kidney problems. Abedini, who turned 33 on May 7, is father of two small children in Boise.
Read more about the Abedini family and efforts to get Saeed released in this April article.
More than 586,000 people have signed an online petition demanding the release of Abedini.