Thursday, 21 January, 2016

Jason Rezaian, three others, freed by Iran

Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, who has been detained in Iran since July 2014, is being released as part of a prisoner swap deal, according to an Iranian news agency report on Saturday.

Three other prisoners are also being released, the semi-official FARS news agency said, citing Tehran’s prosecutor.

Rezaian’s brother Ali said he had no immediate confirmation of the news.

The Post’s editor Marty Baron did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Rezaian has spent the past 18 months behind bars on charges of espionage that have been roundly rejected by his colleagues and family members.

According to Iranian media, Amir Hekmati, Saeid Abedini and Siamak Namazi along with Jason Rezaian are 4 inmates released on JCPOA Implementation Day.

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