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  • Saeed Abedini files for divorce from Naghmeh

    October 10 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Saeed Abedini files for divorce from Naghmeh

    Formerly imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini has filed for divorce from his wife, Naghmeh, nearly 10 months after she sought legal separation from him, the two revealed on Facebook. “My heart is deeply saddened to be sharing the news that Naghmeh and I will be divorcing,” Saeed Abedini posted.

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  • Abedini: $400M ‘ransom’ debate best left to leaders

    August 8 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Abedini: $400M ‘ransom’ debate best left to leaders

    Pastor Saeed Abedini is reluctant to question the $400 million in foreign currency the Obama administration paid to Iran during a prison swap that secured Abedini’s release in January. Instead, he is concerned that Iran continues to persecute Christian converts there and has active legal cases against about 1,000 members of the church he founded.

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  • Abedini church worker near death in Iran prison

    June 6 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Abedini church worker near death in Iran prison

    A female Christian convert who worked with Saeed Abedini planting house churches years ago in Iran is on a hunger strike and near death in the harsh Evin prison in Tehran, Iran. Nasim Naghash Zargaran, also known as Maryam, was one of the first people who converted to Christianity under Abedini’s counsel.

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  • Saeed Abedini requests prayer for marriage

    February 17 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Saeed Abedini requests prayer for marriage

    Freed pastor Saeed Abedini has requested prayer for his relationship with his wife. Naghmeh filed for legal separation from Saeed Jan. 26, the day he returned to Boise after resting for nearly a week at the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove. March 19 is the next court date in the case ...

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  • Abedini praises wife, denies ‘much’ of abuse claim

    February 3 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Abedini praises wife, denies ‘much’ of abuse claim

    Saeed Abedini denied “much” of what his wife Naghmeh Abedini has alleged of spousal abuse and a pornography addiction in his first statements about their marriage since his release from an Iranian prison, but he praised his wife for advocating for his freedom.

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  • Naghmeh Abedini explains ‘legal action’ against Saeed

    January 28 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Naghmeh Abedini explains ‘legal action’ against Saeed

    Naghmeh Abedini has taken legal action against her husband Saeed Abedini to make sure their children remain in Idaho while the couple works to save their marriage. She also revealed on Facebook Jan. 27 scant details of alleged spousal abuse she called “a growing cancer.”

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  • Abedini: ‘God saved me’ from death in Iran

    January 27 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Abedini: ‘God saved me’ from death in Iran

    In his first media interview since his release from an Iranian prison was announced Jan. 16, American pastor Saeed Abedini told FOX News’ Greta Van Susteren of the brutal physical and psychological torture he suffered in Iran for three and half years. He prayed hours at times to survive years of abuse ...
     

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  • Saeed Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh, interviewed post release

    January 25 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Saeed Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh, interviewed post release

    Naghmeh Abedini is making plans to join her husband Saeed Abedini at the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove in Asheville, N.C., where he has been resting with his parents and sister since arriving there Jan. 21 from Berlin, Germany. She changed earlier plans ...

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  • Abedini retreats to North Carolina

    January 22 2016 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor | with 0 comments
    Abedini retreats to North Carolina

    A smile burst forth from Saeed Abedini’s face as he skipped the last step exiting the plane into his family’s arms. Abedini, 35, a pastor who has been imprisoned in Iran for more than three years, was freed Jan. 16, along with three other American citizens.

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  • Saeed Abedini released from Iranian prison

    January 20 2016 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor & Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Saeed Abedini released from Iranian prison

    American pastor Saeed Abedini and three other prisoners have been released from prison in Iran. Abedini was detained in 2012 and given an eight-year prison sentence for organizing house churches. The release comes as part of a prisoner swap coinciding with the Jan. 16 implementation of a nuclear deal ...

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  • Naghmeh Abedini suspends public life, cites marriage woes

    November 17 2015 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 1 comments
    Naghmeh Abedini suspends public life, cites marriage woes

    Naghmeh Abedini said recently in emails to her supporters that she would be suspending public advocacy for her husband, American pastor Saeed Abedini who has been wrongfully held in an Iranian prison since Sept. 2012. In the announcement she identified marital difficulties as part of her decision …

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  • Naghmeh Abedini says faith ‘more real’ than before

    October 1 2015 by Morning Star News, Middle East correspondent | with 0 comments
    Naghmeh Abedini says faith ‘more real’ than before

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Sept. 30 declined to meet with the wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini during his trip to the United Nations, days after the Christian’s wife learned her husband had recently been tortured. Naghmeh Abedini said the Iranian government is treating him “like a pawn in a game of chess.”

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  • Abedini prayer vigils set globally 9/26

    September 17 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Abedini prayer vigils set globally 9/26

    Naghmeh Abedini, wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini, is on a 21-day “Daniel” fast and is organizing prayer vigils internationally Sept. 26, the third anniversary of her husband’s imprisonment in Iran for his Christian faith. She is also is promoting a letter-writing campaign ...

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  • U.S.-Iran prisoner swaps challenged

    July 23 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    U.S.-Iran prisoner swaps challenged

    Though America’s release of four Iranian prisoners in 2012-13 was viewed by some as reciprocation for Iran’s release of three American hikers, a Wall Street Journal report suggests the prisoner releases were also related to a private series of negotiations that paved the way for this month’s nuclear agreement.

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  • Abedini beating intensifies calls for release

    June 15 2015 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    Abedini beating intensifies calls for release

    American pastor Saeed Abedini has been “viciously” beaten in the Iranian prison where he is being held for his Christian faith, the American Center for Law and Justice reported June 10, prompting renewed calls for Abedini’s release as a condition of any nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran.

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