Saeed Abedini Released from Iranian Prison

Iran has released five imprisoned U.S citizens, including American Pastor Saeed Abedini, as part of a trade, according to an Iranian news media.
In a statement, Prosecutor Abbas Jaafari said that “based on an approval of the Supreme National Security Council 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 semiofficial Fars News Agency reported
In return, the U.S. will offer clemency to the seven Iranians – six of whom are dual citizens – accused or convicted of violating U.S. sanctions. The U.S. will also drop Interpol “red notices”, or arrest warrants.
U.S official say they will dismiss any charges againist the “14 Iranians for whom it was assessed that extradition requests were unlikely to be successful.”
Officials also indicated the prisioner deal would be seperate from Saturday’s expected “implementation” of the landmark nuclear deal.
The American Center for Law and Justice confirmed the release of Pastor Saeed.
 “We can confirm. He has been released,” said Jordan Sekulow with the ACLJ.
 Nagmeh Abedini. Saeed’s wife, also wrote on her Facebook page that “It is confirmed: Saeed is released!!!”
Pastor Saeed Abedini was detained for sharing his faith in September 2012. He was sentenced in 2013 to eight years in prison. His family said he was beaten and denied medical treatment while in the Iranian prison.
At time of arrest, he was running an orphanage in Iran which the government knew about.
Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati of Flint,Siamak Namazi, a businessman and the son of a politician from the shah’s era, were also released. All five are dual U.S.-Iranian citizens.
U.S. officials say the four of the Americans were to be flown from Iran to Switzerland on a Swiss plane and then brought to a U.S. military base in Landstuhl, Germany, for medical treatment.
The fifth is a student, identified as Matthew Trevithnick, who was released independently of the exchange on Saturday and already was on his way home, said U.S. officials. They spoke about the prisoner exchange on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly. 


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