Saturday, January 16, 2016

Iran frees journalist Jason Rezaian and four other Americans

Iran has released four detained Americans in exchange for seven Iranians held or charged in the United States, U.S. and Iranian officials said Saturday in a major diplomatic breakthrough announced as implementation of a landmark nuclear deal appeared imminent.
Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, pastor Saeed Abedini and Nosratollah Khosravi, whose name had not been previously made public, were to be flown from Iran to Switzerland aboard a Swiss aircraft and then transported to a U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, for medical treatment, U.S. officials said.
Rezaian's wife and mother were expected to be on the plane.
A fifth American detained in Iran, a student, was released in a move unrelated to the swap, U.S. officials said.

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