Tehran urges US to free Iranians

The claim was rejected on Tuesday by Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Expatriates’ Affairs Hassan Qashqavi, who said there are no talks on swapping Rezaian with Iranian nationals jailed in the US.

Today, August 26, 2015, marks the 400th day since Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian was wrongfully arrested in Tehran, forcibly taken from his home, and brought to Iran’s infamous Evin Prison, where he has been held under bad conditions ever since. “Every of the problems has their very own separate case”.

Rezaian was detained with his spouse, Yeganeh Salehi, & two photojournalists on Jul. 22, 2014.

He has been tried behind closed doors for “espionage, collaboration with hostile governments, gathering classified information and disseminating propaganda against the Islamic republic”.

The Post has called the trial a “sick brew of farce and tragedy” and said it “has been anything but transparent and just”.

While the possibility was never mentioned by Rezaian’s lawyer, it was the first time a high-level official has alluded to the possibility of such a trade, the Associated Press reported.

Such prisoner swaps have happened before. U.S. officials, global organizations and press advocates have called for Rezaian’s immediate release.

Talks on the detained and missing Americans were held on the sidelines of negotiations that led to the deal involving Iran’s nuclear program, seemingly without any resolution.

Iran is not considering exchanging Jason Rezaian for Iranian prisoners held in the U.S.as the Washington Post reporter and his family brace for a sentence following a 13-month detention, according to reports. She added that Iran urged the U.S.to end their incarceration, and lamented that worldwide human rights bodies have kept silent on the imprisonment of these individuals.

This article was written by JAKE CARTER for Rapid News Network on Aug. 26, 2015.