BOISE -- The Boise pastor imprisoned in Iran has been released from solitary confinement.

Pastor Saeed Abedini's wife, Naghmeh Abedini, says as soon as he was released, the pastor had to be rushed to a hospital because he was suffering from internal bleeding.

Pastor Saeed had been in a dark room for 10 days, and the room was so small he couldn't stand up.

He and nine other prisoners were placed in solitary confinement as punishment because they had petitioned the conditions of the prison.

After a hunger strike and the urging of a high profile Iranian attorney, the prison released Pastor Saeed and the nine other prisoners back into the general prison on Wednesday.

The Boise pastor was sentenced earlier this year to eight years in one of Iran's worst prisons; on a charge the Iranian government calls threatening national security.

Pastor Saeed's supporters have said he was being punished for starting Christian churches in Iran.

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