Iran has released four imprisoned U.S. citizens, including Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, as part of a swap, the office of Tehran’s prosecutor announced Saturday, according to Iranian news media.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Now that Iran has released the 4 Americans they have been holding, US president Obama will authorize the unfreezing of over $150 billion in assets that will be given to Iran. This infusion of cash guarantees the success of Iran’s nuclear program. We rejoice with the family of Saeed Abedini, but what comes next is not going to be pretty.
The other released prisoners include Amir Hekmat, a former U.S. Marine, and Saeed Abedini, a pastor, and a fourth unnamed American. All four are dual U.S.-Iranian citizens. Rezaian has been held since 2014.
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According to Iran’s Fars News Agency, the four were ordered released in exchange for six Iranian-Americans held in the United States on sanctions-related charges.
A statement by the prosecutor 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,” Fars reported.