Breaking: Iran reportedly releases four US prisoners today in a prisoner swap.
The release happens just hours before the Obama Administration released $150 billion to the regime.
Iran releases US Prisoners: 1 Jason Rezaian, journalist 2 Amir Hekmati, US Marine 3 Saeed Abedini, pastor 4 Siamak Namazi, businessman
— Negar نگار (@NegarMortazavi) January 16, 2016
The four US hostages:
1 Jason Rezaian, journalist
2 Amir Hekmati, US Marine
3 Saeed Abedini, pastor
4 Siamak Namazi, businessman
Iran News says the US released 6 prisoners in return.
— Iran (@Iran) January 16, 2016
Iranian Fars News reported:
4 Iranian-American nationals who were held for various charges in Iran have been freed under a prisoners swap deal, Tehran’s prosecutor announced Saturday afternoon.
“Based on an approval of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) and the general interests of the Islamic Republic, four Iranian prisoners with dual-nationality were freed today within the framework of a prisoner swap deal,” the office of Tehran prosecutor said.
Jason Rezaian, Amir Hekmat, Saeed Abedini and a fourth American-Iranian national who were jailed in Iran on various charges in recent years have all been released.
According o the swap deal, the US has also freed 6 Iranian-Americans who were held for sanctions-related charges.
A senior Iranian legislator citing an IRGC report on Rezaian’s case said in October that he has been imprisoned for his attempts to help the US Senate to advance its regime change plots in Iran.
In late July 2014, Iran confirmed that four journalists, including Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, had been arrested and were being held for questioning.