BOISE -- Friday was a day of hope for the family of a Boise pastor held captive in Iran.

The wife of SaeedAbedini spoke before the Congressional Human Rights Commission, telling the details of her husband's harsh sentence.

Naghmeh Abedini also voiced her frustrations about what she says is the lack of progress being made by the Obama administration in working to free him.

I must say, I'm disappointed with our government; I'm disappointed that our president and state department has not fully engaged in this case, disappointed that this great country is not doing more to free my husband, a U.S. citizen, Abedini said. I expect more from our government.

Saeed Abedini's attorney and several advocacy groups were also present at the hearing, along with KTVB's Washington D.C. bureau reporter.


We've been following the arrest and imprisonment of Saeed Abedini for the last few months.

The Boise pastor has been sentenced to eight years in Iran's most brutal prison for creating a network of Christian house churches.

He left his family in Idaho last summer to return to Iran to help build a state-run, secular orphanage. That's where he was arrested and has been imprisoned for about five months.

Naghmeh says Saeed has worked with house churches in Iran, and has shared his christian faith, but she says he's also steered cleared of politics.

The American Center for Law and Justice asks President Obama to take all available diplomatic and legislative action to pressure Iran to release Pastor Saeed.

Both the White House and the US State Department have condemned Iran and called for Pastor Saeed's release.

There is an online petition to free Abedini here.

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