Iranian and U.S. prisoner swap underway

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Official U.S and Iranian planes park side by side at the Geneva airport as a Swiss plane carrying four American prisoners leaves Tehran. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

Iranian and U.S. prisoner swap underway

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Official planes from the U.S. and Iran are on the tarmac at an airport in Geneva on Sunday. No official confirmation on the purpose of the planes has been given by either government.

A U.S. official has told Reuters that a Swiss plane carrying four American prisoners and some family members left Tehran on Sunday as part of a prisoner swap deal.

The four are Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post’s Tehran bureau chief, Saeed Abedini, a pastor from Idaho, Amir Hekmati, a former Marine from Flint, Michigan, and Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari.

A fifth prisoner, the American student Matthew Trevithick, was released separately from the other four on Saturday, a U.S. official said.

In return, the U.S. has released seven Iranian nationals.

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