Tehran purportedly releases four Iranian-Americans detained in Iran
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 16
By Farhad Daneshvar - Trend
Tehran has reportedly released four Iranian-American inmates including the Washington Post's journalist Jason Rezaian who were detained in Iran.
"In line with the implementation of a bill by the Supreme National Security Council, and the system's general interests, four inmates who hold dual citizenship have been released in the framework of a measure to swap inmates," Fars news agency quoted Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi, as saying.
Although several tweets suggest that Rezaian is among the released inmates but the prosecutor did not provide the names and details of the swapped inmates.
The move came ahead of the official announcement of the expected implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Earlier in Nov 2015 Rezaian was sentenced to an unspecified prison term in connection with espionage allegations after a court behind the closed doors.
Iranian-American Rezaian was detained with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, in July 2014. His spouse was later released.
On October 19 Fars news agency close to Iranian conservatives released a long list of charges against Jason Rezaian.
Reportedly Nosratollah Khosravi, Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati are three other Irania-Americans who have been released as part of the prisoner swap.
Later IRNA news agency added that they were swapped with seven Iranians held in US prisons charged with the violation of international sanctions against Tehran.