Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian is among four jailed Iranian-Americans freed by Iran on implementation day of a landmark nuclear deal with Iran. Mana Rabiee reports.
Iran frees American prisoners as sanctions to end
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He’d been imprisoned in Iran since 2014, convicted of espionage although it was never clear what his sentence actually was.
Now, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian is apparently freed, along with three other dual U.S.-Iranian citizens held in Iran under various charges that included spying.
Iran’s state news agency says it’s part of a prisoner swap that will have the U.S. also release seven Iranian nationals from jail.
Their names weren’t immediately released but Reuters has identified some 12 Iranians in the U.S. jailed or facing charges for allegedly violating broad economic sanctions.
Announcement of the prisoner exchange came on the very day a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers was set to go into effect, triggering the lifting of crippling sanctions on Iran for curbing its nuclear program.
The deal made last year was a breakthrough in U.S.-Iran relations — but Rezaian’s case, in particular, had become a real obstacle in the thaw between Washington and Tehran.