Saeed Abedini Released from Iranian Prison
Iran has released five imprisoned U.S citizens, including American Pastor Saeed Abedini, as part of a prisoner 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 semi-official 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 United States will also drop Interpol “red notices,” or arrest warrants.
U.S official say they will dismiss any charges against the “14 Iranians for whom it was assessed that extradition requests were unlikely to be successful.”
Officials also indicated the prisoner deal would be separate from Saturday’s expected “implementation” of the landmark nuclear deal.
Report via CBN News
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