Imprisoned Idaho Pastor Recently Transferred To Iranian Hospital

Apr 1, 2014

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.

The Iranian-born pastor was starting an orphanage in Iran when he was arrested and sentenced to eight years in prison. The Islamic government accused him of undermining state security by trying to establish a network of Christian churches in private homes.

Nagmeh Abedini, who lives with the couple's children in Idaho, says her husband has been able to lead other prisoners to faith in Jesus Christ, and some of them have protected him from further prison violence.