Pastor who was imprisoned in Iran returns home to Idaho

AP News
Posted: Jan 26, 2016 7:59 PM

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An American pastor who was imprisoned for nearly four years in Iran returned home to Boise on Tuesday.

KBOI-TV ( reports that Saeed Abedini landed around 4:40 p.m. on a private plane.

Abedini was one of four Americans released in Iran under a negotiated prisoner exchange on Jan. 16. The U.S. agreed to free seven Iranians from American custody in exchange for the release of Abedini and the others.

The 35-year-old Abedini spent the last five days with his parents and sister at a secluded retreat in Asheville, North Carolina. His wife, Naghmeh Abedini, and their children originally planned to meet him at the retreat operated by the Rev. Franklin Graham.

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