Boise pastor, family to reunite

Posted at 10:37 AM, Jan 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-18 12:37:38-05

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The family of an Idaho pastor who was freed after being held in an Iranian prison is planning to reunite with him on the East Coast.

Pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been detained in Iran since 2012, was among four Americans freed over the weekend as part of a prisoner swap. A fifth American detained in Iran was released in a separate move.

Abedini's wife, Naghmeh, told the Idaho Statesman Monday that she and her two children will fly to meet him on the East Coast to “heal and reconnect” with him.

She says her husband is currently being treated at a U.S. Army medical facility in Germany.

The Boise man was detained for compromising national security, presumably because of Christian proselytizing. He was sentenced in 2013 to eight years in prison.