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Jason Rezaian Leaves Iran After Prisoner Swap

Updated: Mar 12, 2022

Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian and two other Americans safely left Iran as part of a prisoner-swap. They landed in Germany on Sunday.

People walk off a plane carrying three Iranian-Americans, who left Tehran under a prisoner swap, after it landed at Cointrin airport in Geneva, Switzerland on Jan. 17, 2016. DENIS BALIBOUSE / Reuters

Rezaian's departed from the country after spending more than 500 days in detention. His release came as part of a prisoner exchange that also negotiated the release of three other Americans: former Marine Amir Hekmati, Christian preacher Saeed Abedini, and Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari.

Early Sunday, the Washington Post said that Rezaian was "now a free man" and had safely left Iran with his wife.

"We are relieved that this 545-day nightmare for Jason and his family is finally over," the Post said. "After enduring such deplorable conditions and inhumane treatment, the top priority now must be Jason's health and well-being."


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