Boise woman hopes for miracle to bring imprisoned husband home
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - A Boise woman is hoping for a miracle to bring her husband home after he's spent nearly two years in an Iranian prison. U.S. leaders are also making renewed calls for Pastor Saeed Abedini's release.
Naghmeh Abedini says the 34-year-old's Christian faith landed him behind bars, but she's hopeful next month could be the turning point they need.
In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that the "United States respectfully calls on the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to release" Abedini and several others imprisoned in Iran.
"Unfortunately, my husband's in prison because he chose to become a Christian and convert," Naghmeh said.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is expected to be in New York for the United Nations General Assembly in mid-September. Naghmeh hopes that will be an opportunity for U.S. leaders to push for the release of Saeed, who is an Iranian-American.
"I'm at a point where there's really no plan anymore," Naghmeh said. "I feel like I've done everything. I've spoken to a lot of parliaments in Europe. I've spoken to our Congress. I've spoken to the United Nations."
She said the distance apart is becoming increasingly difficult for their two children, who recently appeared in a video asking President Obama to do more.
Saeed is one of four U.S. citizens who Kerry says are detained or missing in Iran.
"It has to be a miracle," said Naghmeh, "because the Iranian government doesn't seem to want to do that, release him."
She is also concerned about his health, saying he suffers from internal bleeding after several beatings in prison.
September 26 marks two years since Saeed Abedini was imprisoned. On that day, supporters are also planning a prayer vigil at the State Capitol and in many other cities around the world.