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Boise pastor marks 1 year in Iranian prison this week; he wasn’t among 80 released

Boise Pastor Saeed Abedini was imprisoned in Iran last September, while he was in his native country doing humanitarian work. The 33-year-old was sentenced to serve eight years for fostering Christian home churches in the early 2000s. dude

Iranian officials announced Monday that they have freed 80 political prisoners, but Abedini was not one of them. The prisoners’ release came just before Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s departure for the U.N. General Assembly in New York City.

Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh, continues to fight for her husband’s release. She encountered Rouhani’s delegation today in the hotel she’s staying at, according to the American Center for Law & Justice.

“Naghmeh approached the delegation and respectfully introduced herself to President Rouhani and speaking in Farsi asked him to release her husband who is imprisoned in Evin Prison because of his faith,” the group said in a press release Monday.

She handed a letter from her husband to Rouhani’s delegation just before the elevator doors closed. The American Center for Law & Justice says that Abedini’s family was able to visit him at Evin Prison Thursday.

Previous stories about Abedini, his family and their fight to get him released:

- Aug. 26:  Imprisoned Boise pastor’s appeal rejected by Iranian court

- June 11: In video, Risch speaks directly to Iranian people

- May 15: Risch, State Department officials discuss Boise pastor’s case

- April 28: 250 participate in Nampa benefit for Boise pastor imprisoned in Iran

- April 26: Trying to save Saeed

More than 620,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Abedini’s release.



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