People walk off a plane carrying three Iranian-Americans, who left Tehran under a prisoner swap, after it landed at Cointrin airport in Geneva, Switzerland January 17, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
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Three US citizens freed by Iran in a prisoner swap after more than a year of secret negotiations on Swiss soil are due to arrive in Switzerland later Sunday, Swiss and US officials said.The Washington Post said that among those on board was its Tehran correspondent Jason Rezaian, who had been detained in Iran for nearly 18 months.Iran had announced their release on Saturday, just hours before Tehran's historic nuclear deal with world powers was implemented, in exchange for Washington pardoning seven Iranians accused of sanctions-busting or violating trade embargoes.After landing in Switzerland, the freed prisoners, all of whom have dual US-Iranian citizenship, will then leave for an American base in Germany, it said in a statement.Aside from The Post's Rezaian the other two freed prisoners aboard the plane were understood to be Saeed Abedini, a Christian pastor, and former US Marine Amir Hekmati.The 39-year-old Rezaian, a dual US-Iranian citizen born in California, was detained in Iran on July 22, 2014 .
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