Iran reportedly released four US prisoners Saturday 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
But Jewish American Robert Levinson was not included in the deal.
Levinson will continue to sit in an Iranian prison. He will not be coming home.
The Jerusalem Post reported:
Jewish-American Robert Levinson was not included in a prisoner exchange with Iran that came as the UN nuclear watchdog confirmed Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal and the West rolled back sanctions.
Iran on Saturday released five Americans it was holding in its prisons or in detention, four of them as part of a prison swap which included the release of Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post journalist detained on espionage charges since 2014.
The exchange comes on “implementation day” of the sanctions relief for nuclear restrictions deal Iran concluded last year with the United States and five other major powers…
…President Obama and the European Union immediately ordered the suspension of a range of sanctions that had been imposed on Iran because of its suspected nuclear weapons program.
As part of the deal, Interpol removed 14 Iranians from its wanted list. A number of news agencies initially speculated that some of those named were suspected of involvement in the deadly deadly bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center, but this proved untrue and the reports were retracted. “Speculation that any of the 14 fugitives was at all connected to the bombing in Argentina is patently baseless and untrue,” a US official told JTA. “The fugitives faced sanctions or export control violations.”
Levinson, 68, of Coral Springs, Fla., has been missing for close to nine years. CNN quoted Levinson’s family as expressing happiness for the other families, but saying it was “devastated” that he was not among those released.
His family has acknowledged in recent years that Levinson, a father of seven, had been working for the CIA in a rogue operation at the time of his disappearance from Iran’s Kish Island.