ICYMI: Abedini freed in prisoner swap; Idaho delegation reacts

Posted on 01/18/16 in Uncategorized, No Comments

The Spokesman-Review
by Betsy Russell

Big news over the weekend, as Boise Pastor Saeed Abedini was released from an Iranian prison after three years, as part of a prisoner swap that also released four other Americans, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian. Idaho’s congressional delegation issued statements Saturday welcoming Abedini’s release, with Sen. Jim Risch also rapping the Obama Administration and saying it should have secured Abedini’s release sooner. Here are their full statements:

1st District Rep. Raul Labrador: “Becca and I are grateful that Pastor Saeed Abedini and four other Americans have finally been freed by their captors. We are happy for Saeed’s family and the thousands of prayerful Idahoans who have supported them through this three-and-a-half-year ordeal. I hope others join us in respecting the family’s privacy and giving them time to heal.”

2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson: “Congress has been urging the Administration to secure the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini and other Americans wrongly detained in Iran for far too long, and the failure to do so was among the many reasons I opposed the Iran nuclear deal. I’m extremely grateful that these Americans will finally be returning home where they belong.”

Sen. Jim Risch: “Pastor Abedini should never have been in prison in the first place. He certainly should have been released prior to the administration making any kind of deal with the Iranians. We are certainly happy that Pastor Abedini and the other Americans have been released and that should have been done long ago.”

Sen. Mike Crapo: “The release of Pastor Saeed Abedini is welcome news and an answer to many prayers from across Idaho, the nation and the world.  Iran’s holding of Pastor Abedini was outrageous and it was far past time for him to be released.  As his wife and family await official confirmation of his return, I send my warmest ‘welcome home’ to Saeed.”

Read more here: http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/boise/2016/jan/18/abedini-freed-prisoner-swap-idaho-delegation-reacts/