Idaho News
7:50 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Boise Woman Continues Fight To Free Husband From Iranian Prison With Nationwide Vigils

Credit Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

Naghmeh Abedini says she misses her husband and fears for his safety. It’s been two years since Boise pastor Saeed Abedini was sentenced to an Iranian prison, accused of undermining state security by trying to establish a network of Christian churches in private homes.

His supporters will hold a prayer vigil for Saeed Friday.

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Idaho News
11:24 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Imprisoned Idaho Pastor Recently Transferred To Iranian Hospital

Nagmeh Abedini lives in Boise with the pair's children.
Credit Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

The wife of an American pastor who's been imprisoned for 18 months in Iran says he's doing better since being transferred to a hospital recently.

Naghmeh Abedini told Faith Radio that her husband, the Rev. Saeed Abedini , is now receiving better meals and pain medication. She says he still needs surgery, however, for injuries he suffered in prison.

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Idaho News
11:49 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Advocates Of Boise Man Held In Iran Say Obama Administration Must Do More

Nagmeh Abedini met with Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) during her trip to Washington this week.
Credit Twitter: @SenatorRisch

A Boise woman was on Capitol Hill Thursday to make her case for the U.S. government negotiating the release of her husband from a prison in Iran. 

Nagmeh Abedini, her attorney and experts on human and religious rights, testified in front of a House subcommittee. They urged President Barack Obama and the U.S. State Department to do more to free Saeed Abedini – the Boise man held in prison in Iran for more than a year.

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Idaho News
1:59 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Idaho Pastor Detained In Iran Granted Visit From Family

Credit Courtesy of American Center for Law and Justice

Human rights officials say an Idaho pastor who is being detained in a notorious prison in Iran has been allowed to visit with family.

Officials with the American Center for Law & Justice say Monday's visit marked the first time Saeed Abedini was able to see family since his transfer to Rajai Shahr prison more than two weeks ago.

The 33-year-old Christian pastor who had been living in Boise. But he's been in Iranian custody since September 2012 and is serving an eight-year sentence for undermining state security.

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Saeed Abedini
11:18 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Vigil For Boise Pastor Imprisoned In Iran Draws Hundreds

A large crowd listens as Nagmeh Abedini, the wife of the imprisoned Boise pastor, talks on the steps of the Idaho Capitol.
Credit Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Idaho Capitol in the rain on Thursday afternoon to pray for Boise pastor Saeed Abedini. The Christian pastor has been sentenced to serve eight years in an Iranian prison.

So far, he has been held by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard for one year. The Iranian government charged Abedini for compromising the country's national security, but his supporters say he was there building an orphanage.

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4:14 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Wife Of Imprisoned Boise Pastor Appeals To United Nations

Naghmeh Abedini is working to gain international influence to return Saeed Abedini from an Iranian prison. The Abedini's have two young children in Boise.
Credit Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

The wife of a Christian Boise pastor imprisoned in Iran spoke in front of the United Nations Human Rights Council Tuesday. Naghmeh Abedini traveled to Geneva to make her case for her husband’s release.

Saeed Abedini has been in prison since last September, and was sentenced for attempting to convert Iranians to Christianity.

Mrs. Abedini addressed the international governing body for the first time.

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3:42 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

New Details: Boise Pastor Could Spend 8 Years In Iranian Prison

Pastor Saeed Abedini and family.
Credit Courtesy of American Center for Law and Justice

A pastor from Boise has been sentenced to 8 years in an Iranian prison.  Saeed Abedini was convicted over the weekend of attempting to undermine state security in Iran.

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10:53 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Boise Pastor Sentenced To 8 Years In Iran

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The State Department says a Boise pastor who has been jailed in Iran since September has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Spokesman Darby Holladay said Sunday that the department is calling on Iran to respect Saeed Abedini's human rights and release him.

Earlier this month Iran's semi-official news agency, ISNA, quoted Abedini's attorney as saying his client stood trial in the Revolutionary Court on charges of attempting to undermine state security by creating a network of Christian churches in private homes.

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1:57 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Idahoan Portrayed In 'Argo' Recounts Fall of U.S. Embassy In Iran

Post Falls, Idaho native Lee Schatz.
Courtesy Lee Schatz

The new movie Argo is a drama about the CIA’s role in getting six Americans out of Iran in the months following the hostile takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979.  Ben Affleck directed the movie.  He also plays Tony Mendez, the CIA operative who thinks up the plan to get the Americans out.

Gas Prices
4:45 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Supply, Demand, And Speculation Play Roles In High Gas Prices

Gas Pump
Derek Jensen Tysto-Wikimedia Commons

Gas prices are on the rise throughout the United States.  In Idaho, it costs on average about $3.80 a gallon.  That’s up from $3.00 a gallon at the start of this year.   One reason for this spike has to do with future bets on oil prices.

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