Idaho lawmakers respond to Abedini release

Posted at 4:33 PM, Jan 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-16 23:40:26-05

Members of Idaho’s Congressional delegation are now commenting on the release of Boise pastor Saeed Abedini as part of a prisoner swap with Iran.

“If media reports are confirmed, the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini is welcome news and an answer to many prayers from across Idaho, the nation and the world.  Iran's holding of Pastor Abedini was outrageous and it was far past time for him to be released.  As his wife and family await official confirmation of his return, I send my warmest ‘welcome home’ to Saeed,” said Senator Mike Crapo.

Representative Raul Labrador also offered his support for Saeed and the entire Abedini family.

“Becca and I are grateful that Pastor Saeed Abedini and four other Americans have finally been freed by their captors. We are happy for Saeed’s family and the thousands of prayerful Idahoans who have supported them through this three-and-a-half-year ordeal. I hope others join us in respecting the family’s privacy and giving them time to heal,” Rep. Labrador said.

Senator Jim Risch said Abedini’s release is long overdue.

“Pastor Abedini should never have been in prison in the first place. He certainly should have been released prior to the administration making any kind of deal with the Iranians. We are certainly happy that Pastor Abedini and the other Americans have been released and that should have been done long ago,” Sen. Risch said.


Reaction from Saeed's wife Naghmeh Abedini.

Reactions on social media to Pastor Abedini's release.