Saturday, January 16, 2016

Prisoner Swap With Iran

Jason Rezaian
Iran has released four imprisoned U.S. citizens, including Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, as part of a swap, the office of Tehran’s prosecutor announced Saturday, according to Iranian news media.

The other released prisoners include Amir Hekmat, a former U.S. Marine, and Saeed Abedni, a pastor, and a fourth unnamed American. All four are dual U.S.-Iranian citizens. Rezaian has been held since 2014.

According to Iran’s Fars News Agency, the four were ordered released in exchange for seven Iranian-Americans held in the United States on sanctions-related charges.

MSNBC is reporting that a fifth American, not directly related to the other four, is also being released.

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