Imprisoned Boise pastor removed from solitary confinement

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - A Boise pastor imprisoned in Iran has been removed from solitary confinement, where he had spent more than a week, and returned to the main prison population.

Saeed Abedini's attorney, Jay Sekulow, says the news raises hope because Abedini suffers from kidney issues caused by beatings and may have been kept in solitary for 20 days or more.

Sekulow says Abedini and other prisoners were placed in solitary confinement after protesting Iran's lack of providing them medical care.

Abedini has been imprisoned in Iran since September.

Officially, he is charged with threatening the national security of Iran, but his family and others believe Abedini was arrested because of his Christian faith.