18 Sep 2023

Five Americans head home in £5bn prisoner swap deal with Iran

International Editor

Five Americans who’ve spent years in jail in Iran are finally on their way home – after a prisoner swap deal was brokered by Qatar.

The environmentalist Morad Tahbaz, who also holds British nationality, was among them.

Under the deal, which followed months of complex negotiations, the United States agreed to unfreeze almost £5 billion in Iranian oil money.

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi described the release of the detainees as “purely a humanitarian action.”