Saturday, January 16, 2016

Iran releases 4 Americans in prisoner swap coinciding with lifting of sanctions

Jason Rezaian, WaPo repoter

Iran has played the Obama administration beautifully.
  They humiliate our sailors for the world to see.  They hold onto four other Americans they’ve had for months as final bargaining chips to ensure the lifting of sanctions.  Nice.    

New YorkTimes reports Iran announced Saturday that its judiciary had freed four Iranian-American nationals as part of a prisoner swap with the United States. Iranian media reports said the Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian was among those freed.
It was not immediately clear who else was released or who among Iranian prisoners in the United States had been released in exchange.

The announcement was timed to coincide with the expected lifting of some Western sanctions on Iran, the most important stage of the nuclear agreement reached in July between Iran and major powers including the United States.

The other Iranian Americans known to be held by Iran include Amir Hekmati, 32, a Marine veteran from Flint, Mich., imprisoned since August 2011; Saeed Abedini, 35, a pastor from Boise, Idaho, imprisoned since the summer of 2012; and Siamak Namazi, a businessman in his 40s, who has been held without any known charges since mid-October.

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U.S. to release 7 Iranian prisoners here