Ahead of verdict, Iran denies plans for prisoner swap with US

Published August 26th, 2015 - 04:00 GMT
The trial for WashingPost reporter Jason Rezaian concluded last week. His verdict is expected shortly. (freejasonandyegi.com)
The trial for WashingPost reporter Jason Rezaian concluded last week. His verdict is expected shortly. (freejasonandyegi.com)

Iran has no plans for a prisoner exchange with the United States ahead of an expected verdict for Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian, a senior official told Reuters Tuesday.

“The reports on the possible exchange of prisoners are not true and it is not on the table,” Deputy Foreign Minister Hassan Qashqavi was quoted as saying by Iran's ISNA news agency.

Speculation of a prisoner swap has been growing around last month’s nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers, though both countries have consistently denied such a plan has been made.

Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian has been held in Tehran for more than a year after being arrested on charges of espionage, accusations the Post has called “absurd.”

Qashqavi told Reuters there were sixteen Iranians locked away in American prisons for bypassing sanctions, and 60 others jailed for other crimes.


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