News

Actions

Naghmeh Abedini reacts to husband's release

Posted at 9:22 PM, Jan 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-18 12:42:36-05
Boise Pastor Saeed Abedini has been released from Iranian prison. 
 
Iranian State Television announcing Abedini is among five prisoners freed.
 
Their release is reportedly the result of more than a year of secret negotiations by the U.S Government. 
 
Naghmeh Abedini has been fighting for the release of her husband for years now, but that fight is now over.
 
Naghmeh says she got a call Friday from an Iranian news agency saying her husband had been moved by
intelligence agents.
 
She said she had a feeling that something major was happening, but she didn't get her hopes up.
 
It wasn't until this morning around 6 a.m when she got the call from the State Department confirming his release. 
 
She said it is still unclear when he will be home, but she's hoping to get a call from him sometime this evening so they can work out the details.
 
As for her husband continuing to spread his faith, she said they are going to have to figure that out day by day. 
 
"His passion is being a pastor and so I think our family would need time to heal and reconnect but once that happens I don't know what's next. We just have to take it a step at a time," said Naghmeh. "You know the few times we did talk he said he is done with Iran and it has not been a pleasant experience in that prison and that door is closed for our family. I think that would be the place that I draw the line. Before I have said you know
whatever you want to do is ok but this time I would draw a red line."
 
Nagmeh said she woke her children up as soon as she heard the news. She said they were ecstatic to hear of their fathers release.