Flint-native released from Iranian prison heading home

The Americans released by Iran in a swap with the United States have landed in Geneva. The former Iranian prisoners included former U.S. Marine and Flint-native, Amir Hekmati.

Hekmati, along with Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, pastor Saeed Abedini and Nosratollah Khosravi, whose name had not been previously made public, were flown from Iran to Switzerland aboard a Swiss aircraft. They will then be transported to a U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, for medical treatment, U.S. officials said.

Iran released the four detained Americans in exchange for seven Iranians held or charged in the United States. U.S. and Iranian officials are calling this a major diplomatic breakthrough, and say a landmark nuclear deal appears imminent.
A fifth American detained in Iran, a student, was released in a move unrelated to the swap, U.S. officials said.

Earlier today, Hekmati's family released a statement upon learning of his flight out of Iran:

"Today, our brother, son and friend Amir Hekmati has been released from Iran. We have now been officially told that he is on a plane leaving the country. It is hard to put into words what our family feels right now. But we remain in hopeful anticipation until Amir is in our arms. As many of you know, Amir's father is very ill and soon he will embrace his son once more. We are incredibly grateful for today's news. We thank our government, and we thank all of you whose thoughts and prayers helped us tremendously since Amir was taken from us in 2011."


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