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As of: September 18, 2023 4:05 p.m

Five Americans have been imprisoned in Iran for years. After lengthy negotiations, they’ve now been launched and have began their journey dwelling through Qatar. In return, the United States transferred 5 Iranian prisoners.

Five Americans held in Iran have been launched. They have been on board a airplane with two members of the family en route from Tehran to Qatar, a senior US authorities official mentioned. Iranian state media reported that the airplane had left Tehran.

In return, the US will pardon 5 Iranians who have been convicted or charged with “non-violent crimes”. One of them is accused of business espionage. According to the Iranian overseas ministry spokesman, solely two of the 5 Iranians will return to Iran. Two need to keep within the USA at their very own request. The fifth Iranian will leave for a 3rd nation.

Businessman sentenced to 10 years in jail

Iran can even have entry to round six billion US {dollars} from its personal property. The cash was frozen in South Korea attributable to worldwide sanctions.

The prisoner alternate had been ready for months. According to the White House, Oman and Qatar performed a very vital function within the negotiations. At the start of August, Iran launched the now launched Americans from custody and positioned them underneath home arrest in a resort within the capital Tehran.

One of probably the most well-known of them is businessman Siamak Namasi, who has each American and Iranian citizenship. He was imprisoned in 2015 and sentenced to 10 years in jail for espionage. In 2018, environmentalist Morad Tahbas and businessman Emad Shargi have been arrested. The identities of the opposite two Americans who’ve now been launched haven’t but been identified.

Release of funds for humanitarian functions

The US authorities has made it clear that the cash to which Iran ought to now have entry might be exchanged for euros in a number of tranches and transferred to Qatar. The cash may solely be used for humanitarian functions, together with drugs and meals, it mentioned. Such transactions are permitted underneath US sanctions towards Iran.