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USA-Iran prisoners swap

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By Ann Tyller | January 20, 2016 1:31 am

Recently there was a prisoner exchange deal between USA and Iran.

Three of the Americans who had been jailed in Iran – Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati and Christian pastor Saeed Abedini – left Tehran at around 7am on the day prisoners were swapped but it seems like none of Iranians freed from USA prison have returned home and could still be in the United States..

Recently there was a prisoner exchange deal between USA and Iran

Recently there was a prisoner exchange deal between USA and Iran

Seven former prisoners, who were released as part of this deal did even not show up to get a flight to Iran.

Three of the Iranians have decided to stay in USA. Nobody knows where other four are. 

Six of seven former prisoners have dual citizenship and all of them had been convicted or charged with crimes related to selling sensitive equipment to Iran.

Three of them – Bahram Mechanic, 69, Khosrow Afghahi, 72,and Tooraj Faridi – were part of an alleged conspiracy in Texas to illegally export equipment and supplies to Iran..

According to the Department of Justice, the items were frequently used in a wide range of military systems, including surface-air and cruise missiles. Many of them have families living in the United States.

Afghahi’s attorney, David Gerger, told reporters: 

– Mr. Afghahi is spending some precious time with his family in the United States… and probably getting the first good night sleep and hot cup of coffee he’s had in nine months.

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