Iran hints prisoner swap may be way to free jailed American journalist

The speaker of Iran’s parliament has hinted that a prisoner swap is one possible way to free jailed American journalist Jason Rezaian, who has been tried on espionage charges in a closed Tehran court.

During an interview with NPR published on Thursday, Ali Larijani was asked if he could foresee a “practical way” to liberate both Rezaian, who is awaiting sentencing after more than a year spent in prison, and the other Americans held in Iran.

During an interview with NPR published on Thursday, Ali Larijani was asked if he could foresee a “practical way” to liberate both Rezaian, who is awaiting sentencing after more than a year spent in prison, and the other Americans held in Iran.

“There are practical ways of course,” Larijani said. “For example, there is a number of Iranians in prison here. Definitely for matters of this sort, one can come up with solutions. I think your politicians know about those ways.”

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