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Idaho pastor, imprisoned in Iran, can meet with family, officials say

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Saeed Abedini is seen with his family.Fox News

Human rights officials say an Idaho pastor who is being detained in a notorious prison in Iran has been 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 who 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.