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Naghmeh Abedini: ‘I long more than anyone for reconciliation for our family’

Naghmeh Abedini speaks during a rally before President Barack Obama's speech at Boise State University on Jan. 21, 2015.
Naghmeh Abedini speaks during a rally before President Barack Obama's speech at Boise State University on Jan. 21, 2015. Idaho Statesman file

Naghmeh Abedini released a statement on her Facebook page Wednesday morning addressing questions about her marriage to pastor Saeed Abedini.

She disclosed that although she had hoped she could seek reconciliation with Saeed, who arrived in Boise on Tuesday, she took temporary legal action to keep her children in Idaho while she seeks a resolution.

Last November, in an email to her supporters, Naghmeh claimed she had suffered physical, emotional and psychological abuse throughout her marriage to Saeed. In statements provided to the Statesman at the time, she said that she regretted sending the emails and that she was under “great psychological and emotional distress.”

On Wednesday, in a post on her Facebook page, Naghmeh said she regretted hiding from the public the abuse she said she lived through. She said she hoped that the “horrible situation Saeed has had to go through” would bring about a spiritual change in them to heal their marriage.

“Tragically, the opposite has occurred,” she wrote. “Three months ago, Saeed told me things he demanded I must do to promote him in the eyes of the public that I simply could not do. ... He threatened that if I did not, the results would be the end of our marriage and the resulting pain this would bring to our children.”

Naghmeh added that more than anything, she wants a reconciliation for her family. She said she was open to counseling that could help her and Saeed make changes to restore their marriage.

After Saeed Abedini returned to the United States last week, initial reports indicated that his wife and children would join him Monday at a retreat in North Carolina. But on Tuesday plans changed, and Saeed came home to Boise.

Online court records show Naghmeh filed a domestic relations case in Ada County on Tuesday. Along with a petition for legal separation, she seeks a temporary restraining order concerning the couple’s two young children and property owned by the couple, according to the online records.

In Idaho, the files of court actions involving child custody issues are sealed and unavailable for public inspection. Only a judge’s order or judgment decree in those cases is considered public record.

“I love my husband, but as some might understand, there are times when love must stop enabling something that has become a growing cancer. We cannot go on the way it has been. I hope and pray our marriage can be healed,” Naghmeh wrote.

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @IDS_Sowell

Erin Fenner: 208-377-6207, @erinfenner

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