Washington Post reporter and three other US prisoners freed in Iran

    Washington Post reporter and three other US prisoners freed in Iran

    Jan 17, Washington: Four Iranian-Americans, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, have been freed in Iran in a prisoner swap deal, media reports said.

    Early Sunday morning in Tehran, the plane scheduled to take them out of the country had not taken off for unexplained reasons, Washington Post reported.

    Rezaian, who was taken into custody in July 2014 and convicted on espionage charges last year, was to be flown to Switzerland along with former
    US Marine Amir Hekmati, pastor Saeed Abedini and Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari, US officials said.

    In return for the Americans, the US will pardon or drop charges against seven Iranians - six of whom are dual US-Iranian citizens - accused or convicted of violating US sanctions, Al Jazeera news reports said.

    Officials said that in addition, the US will drop Interpol "red notices" - essentially arrest warrants - on 14 Iranian fugitives it has sought.

    US student Matthew Trevithick was released in Iran independently of the exchange on Saturday and has already left the country.

    The swap came as diplomats gathered in Vienna to announce the lifting of international sanctions and bring the country of 80 million people back to the global economic stage.

    The Oslo Times


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