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Wife of Saeed Abedini Files Domestic Relations Case

01-28-2016
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Nagmeh Abedini filed a domestic relations case against her husband Pastor Saeed Abedini on Tuesday, citing abuse as the reason for their broken marriage.

The domestic relations case, Naghmeh Panahi vs. Saeed Abedini, was filed Tuesday in an Idaho court with Judge Jill Jurries.

Naghmeh took to her Facebook page Wednesday to explain her reasons for filing the case against Saeed.

Watch CBN's interview with Rev. Patrick Mahoney discussing how to pray for the Abedini family.

While thanking the public for supporting her family through Saeed's imprisonment, she said, "I deeply regret that I hid from the public the abuse that I have lived with for most of our marriage and I ask your forgiveness."

"I sincerely had hoped that this horrible situation Saeed has had to go through would bring about the spiritual change needed in both of us to bring healing to our marriage. Tragically, the opposite has happened," she wrote.

Naghmeh said that she still sincerely hopes for reconciliation in her family.

"I want our reconciliation to be strictly based on God's Word. I want us to go through counseling, which must first deal with the abuse," she wrote.

"In very difficult situations sometimes you have to establish boundaries while you work toward healing," she continued. "I have taken temporary legal action to make sure our children will stay in Idaho until this situation has been resolved."

"I hope and pray our marriage can be healed. I believe in a God who freed Saeed from the worst prisons can hear our plea to bring spiritual freedom," she concluded.

So far, Saeed Abedini has not made any public comments about his family situation.

Hear what Naghmeh Abedini told CBN's George Thomas about the state of she Pastor Saeed's relationship in an interview shortly after learning about his release from Iran.

 

You can watch George Thomas's full interview with Naghmeh Abedini below:

Read Naghmeh Abedini's full statement below:

Dearest Friends,

Saeed landed in Boise yesterday and had a wonderful reunion with the children. They will be spending more and more time together in the coming days. I am so happy for this long waited reunion and for the joy that I see in my children and in Saeed. Nothing can make me happier than seeing those whom I love be happy and free from the pain that they had been under for the last 3.5 years.

I am so thankful for the thousands of people who have responded to my pleas and helped work toward Saeed’s release. His imprisonment was unjust, and was an extremely difficult ordeal for him and all of us who sought for his release. I worked tirelessly night and day toward that end for three-and-a-half years. Nothing has made me happier than seeing Saeed freed from his chains and in American soil. Thank you for all of you who stood with us and made this happen.

I do deeply regret that I hid from the public the abuse that I have lived with for most of our marriage and I ask your forgiveness. I sincerely had hoped that this horrible situation Saeed has had to go through would bring about the spiritual change needed in both of us to bring healing to our marriage.

Tragically, the opposite has occurred. 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 any longer. 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.

I long more than anyone for reconciliation for our family and to be united as a family. Since Saeed's freedom I have wanted nothing more than to run to him and welcome him home It is something I dreamed about the last 3.5 years. But unfortunately things did not work out that way and our family has to work through reconciliation. I want our reconciliation to be strictly based on God’s Word. I want us to go through counseling, which must first deal with the abuse. Then we can deal with the changes my husband and I must both make moving forward in the process of healing our marriage.

In very difficult situations sometimes you have to establish boundaries while you work toward healing. I have taken temporary legal action to make sure our children will stay in Idaho until this situation has been resolved. 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. I believe in a God who freed Saeed from the worst prisons can hear our plea and bring spiritual freedom.

I love you all. God will see us through. Thank you for your prayers and support. We need them more than ever.

Love

Naghmeh

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