Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian and three other American inmates have reached Switzerland. The other three are Marine veteran Amir Hekmati, Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari, and Christian pastor Saeed Abedini. All four are U.S.-Iranian dual citizens.
From there, they will go to a U.S. military base in Germany. It was not yet clear when the Americans would return to the United States.
The four were swapped for the release of at least seven Iranian-Americans held in the United States on sanctions-related charges. According to FARS, the seven are Nader Modanlou, Bahram Mechanic, Khosrow Afqahi, Arash Ghahreman, Touraj Faridi, Nima Golestaneh, and Ali Sabounchi. The U.S. has also dropped its Interpol "red notice" requesting the detention of 14 Iranian nationals
"Based on an approval of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) 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 office of the Tehran prosecutor said, according to FARS.
A fifth American, Matthew Trevithick, has been released.
The State Department declined to comment to The Daily Beast about the reports.
Rezaian was arrested in July 2014 and later charged with espionage. He was convicted in October 2015.