Prisoner swap agreed upon by US, Iran

  • 17/01/2016
Prisoner swap agreed upon by US, Iran

The United States will release seven Iranian nationals currently serving jail terms in a prisoner swap with Iran, according to the English language service of the Islamic Republic's official IRNA news agency.

"Prosecutor Abbas Jaafari told IRNA that four dual nationality Iranian-American prisoners, passing prison terms in Iran, will be exchanged with seven Iranian nationals languishing at the US jails," it reported on Saturday (local time).

It said the swap included a clause under which the United States would no longer pursue the extradition of 14 Iranians for alleged involvement in purchasing arms in the United States for supply to Iran.

Iran's Fars News Agency named three of the four US-Iranian prisoners as Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, Amir Hekmat and Saeed Abedini.

Hekmat is a former US marine, and Abedini is a Christian pastor. The agency did not name the fourth freed prisoner.