BOISE -- Human rights officials say an Idaho pastor who is being detained in a brutal prison in Iran was finally allowed to visit with family.
Officials with the American Center for Law & Justice say Monday's visit marked the first time Saeed Abedini was able to see family since his transfer to Rajai Shahr prison more than two weeks ago.
The 33-year-old Christian pastor had been living in Boise. But he's been in Iranian custody since September 2012 and is serving an eight-year sentence for undermining state security.
ACLJ Executive Director Jordan Sekulow says the family visit is a positive sign that international pressure on Iran is helping keep Abedini alive.
Human rights groups say Rajai Shahr prison is rife with violent criminals and high rates of inmate-on-inmate violence.