Risch, State Department official discuss Boise pastor's case

May 15, 2013 

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Republican members of the Senate Energy Committee, from left, Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., confer on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 21, 2013, as the panel held its final discussion on the nomination of Interior Secretary nominee Sally Jewell.

J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE — AP

The plight of Saeed Abedini, a Boise pastor imprisoned in Iran, arose Wednesday during a meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Abedini has been in Iran's Evin Prison for more than 200 days following his conviction for "threatening the national security of Iran" for his involvement in Christian home churches from 2000 to 2005. On Wednesday, Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, spoke with Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman about efforts by the U.S. government to return Abedini home.

Watch video of that discussion here:

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