Saeed Abedini Freed!
According to Fox news, Saeed Abedini, and three others have been freed in Terhan, one of them is Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, Fox is getting the reports through the BBC, the other two released are Amir Hekmati and and Nosratollah Khosravi.
TEHRAN, Iran – Developing …
Iran state TV announced Saturday the release of four dual-nationality prisoners without revealing names. The British Broadcasting Corp. reports those freed are Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and three Iranian Americans. American pastor Saeed Abedini is also among those being released, multiple sources tell Fox News. The announcment comes as Iran and the international communtity are expected Saturday to complete a deal in which Tehran verifies the curtailment of its efforts to build a nuclear weapon in exchange for getting back $100 billions in frozen assets. The Washington Post said it could not confirm any changes to Rezaian’s case. Fox News’ Shannon Bream contributed to this report.
Iran said they were being swapped for seven Iranians held in US prisons but there was no immediate US confirmation. The Iranian state news agency listed the seven as Nader Modanlo, Bahram Mechanic, Khosrow Afghani, Arash Ghahreman, Tooraj Faridi, Nima Golestaneh and Ali Saboun. In addition, Iranian state TV said 14 Iranians sought by the US would be removed from an Interpol wanted list. ……… For months after his arrest in 2014, there was uncertainty over what accusations Jason Rezaian was facing. He was held in the notorious Evin prison before finally being found guilty on charges that his lawyer said included espionage. His newspaper vigorously denied this. President Barack Obama said he would not rest until he was freed. Now, his release has been announced in what Iran calls a prisoner swap – an indication he might have been used as a bargaining chip.