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Monday, April 29, 2013

Wife of Boise Pastor: Husband Moved To Iran Prison's Solitary Confinement

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Saeed and Naghmeh Abedini
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  • Saeed and Naghmeh Abedini

The wife of an Idaho pastor, sentenced to prison in Iran after being accused to trying to convert someone to Christianity, says her husband has now been moved into solitary confinement. Naghmeh Abedini, wife of Saeed Abedini of Boise's Calvary Chapel Church, shared the update via Facebook the evening of April 28.

"Last night Saeed was taken with 10 other prisoners to solitary confinement," she wrote. "I heard from trusted sources inside of Iran that there was a silent protest by the prisoners of ward 350 protesting the harsh treatment and their own treatment and lack of medical attention inside of the prison."

Abedini also wrote that she has reason to believe that her husband's health "is worsening."

"He has internal bleeding and now issues with his kidneys because of the beatings," she wrote.

In January, Saeed was sentenced to eight years in prison after being put under house arrest in June 2012 and then jailed in September 2012. He had traveled to Iran to visit family and help build an orphanage.

“From the very beginning, Iranian authorities have lied about all aspects of this case, even releasing rumors of his expected release," said Jordan Sekulow, Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice. "Iran has not only abused its own laws, it has trampled on the fundamentals of human rights. We call on the citizens of the world to rise up in protest. We call on governments around the world to stand and defend Pastor Saeed.”

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