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Iran Frees Pastor Saeed Abedini after Three Years in Prison

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Saeed Abedini has finally been freed.

The Iranian-American pastor from Idaho, held for more than three years, wasexchanged as part of a prisoner swap in which Iran released four people and the United States released seven.

“It is confirmed,” his wife Naghmehannounced on Twitter. “Saeed is released from Iranian prison.”

“This has been an answer to prayer,” she said in a press release from the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), one of Abedini’s leading advocates. “This is a critical time for me and my family. We look forward to Saeed’s return and want to thank the millions of people who have stood with us in prayer during this most difficult time.”

More than 1.1 million people had joined ACLJ’s “Save Saeed” campaign. President Obama personally told Naghmeh last year that freeing her husband was “a top priority.” This past October, shewrote to the president in The Washington Postthat it was “past time” to bring him (and the other hostages) home. “Thankfully I do not put my trust in governments or the rulers of nations,” she wrote. “Instead I put my trust in God.”

Supporters flocked to Naghmeh’s Facebook post confirming the good news, which she received after nearly two weeks of Daniel-inspired prayer and fasting for his release.

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Additional reading: Plane leaves Iran with Post reporter, other Americans in swap

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