Iran state TV: 4 dual national prisoners freed

Speculation that jailed Washington Post bureau chief Jason Rezaian, a dual Iran-U.S. citizen who was convicted of espionage in a closed-door trial in 2015, could be among them.

January 16, 2016 08:54 pm | Updated November 17, 2021 03:13 am IST - TEHRAN:

Jailed 'Washington Post' bureau chief Jason Rezaian, a dual Iran-U.S. citizen who was convicted of espionage in a closed-door trial in 2015, is believed to be among those freed by Iran.

Jailed 'Washington Post' bureau chief Jason Rezaian, a dual Iran-U.S. citizen who was convicted of espionage in a closed-door trial in 2015, is believed to be among those freed by Iran.

Iranian state television has announced that the government has freed four dual-nationality prisoners.

The Saturday report did not identify the prisoners but it comes amid speculation that jailed Washington Post bureau chief Jason Rezaian, a dual Iran-U.S. citizen who was convicted of espionage in a closed-door trial in 2015, could be among them.

A report by the semi-official ISNA news agency quotes a statement from the Tehran prosecutor’s office as saying the inmates were freed “within the framework of exchanging prisoners,” without elaborating.

The U.S. would not immediately confirm the Iranian report.

Family intimated

But the family of one of the U.S prisoners received unofficial word from Iran that their relative was being released on Saturday, according to a person close to that family who spoke on condition that the family not be identified.

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