Detainees released in Iran prisoner swap infographic
Graphic shows details of freed detainees.


U.S. and Iranian detainees freed in prisoner swap

September 19, 2023 - The United States and Iran have each freed five detainees under an exchange agreement that also involves the transfer of $6 billion in unfrozen Iranian oil assets.

The last pieces in a controversial swap mediated by Qatar fell into place when the Iranian funds held in South Korea reached banks in Doha.

It triggered the departure of the five Americans in Tehran, who are also Iranian citizens, on a chartered flight to Qatar’s capital.

The U.S. has said its citizens were imprisoned on baseless charges for political leverage.

Five Iranians imprisoned in U.S. jails, mainly on charges of violating U.S. sanctions, are also being granted clemency as part of this swap. Not all of them are expected to return to Iran, the BBC said.

PUBLISHED: 19/09/2023; STORY: Graphic News