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ICC Note: In the latest development for the family of Saeed Abedini, his mother has been forced to flee the country after facing increasing threats and challenges. Saeed remains imprisoned in Iran serving an eight year prison sentence for his Christian faith. His family has faced regular threats and harassment as they have supported Saeed since his arrest on September 26, 2012.

11/04/2014 Iran (Fox News) The mother of Saeed Abedini, the American citizen imprisoned in Iran for his faith, has fled the Islamic republic and is making her way to the U.S. to await his return with his wife and two sons.

Friends of Abedini on Friday helped spirit the anguished mom and two of her other children out of the repressive nation, where she faced daily threats and intimidation for championing her son’s case, according to Naghmeh Abedini, wife of Saeed, who has spent more than two years in an Iranian prison after being accused of proselytizing in his homeland. She is now safe in another country and awaiting passage to the U.S., said family members, who did not want to release her name until she was on U.S. soil.

“Facing threats in Iran, Saeed’s mom is now safely out of the country,” Naghmeh Abedini told “We look forward to seeing her soon here in the United States. It has been a difficult time for all of us — including Saeed’s mom.”

Naghmeh Abedini lives in the Boise, Idaho, area with the couple’s two children — a daughter and son. She has not gone to visit her husband out of fear that she would be arrested upon entering Iran. Abedini’s mother had visited her son several times, first in Evin Prison, the infamous lockup where he endured beatings and threats, and then at Rajai Shahr prison, in Karaj, where he is now being held. But the hard-line regime’s campaign of intimidation against Abedini’s advocates had become too intense for his mother, who was no longer allowed to visit him and feared being arrested herself, according to the American Center for Law and Justice, which has lobbied U.S. and UN officials on behalf of Abedini.

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