Prisoner swap: Iran doctor freed by US, returns home

Prisoner swap: Iran doctor freed by US, returns home

Agency News

Tehran, June 8 : Iranian physician Majid Taheri returned home on Monday after he was released from jail in the United States as part of a prisoner exchange. Taheri was greeted at Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport by Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari, reported the semi-official news agency, ISNA.

The doctor, who had been detained in the US for 16 months, was freed on Thursday as Iran released US Navy veteran Michael White, who was imprisoned in July 2018 after being convicted of insulting Iran's supreme leader and posting private information online. Taheri was the second Iranian to return in a week after being detained in the US.

Taheri had been accused of violating US sanctions by attempting to export a filter to Iran that he said was for vaccine research, but that US authorities said it required a licence because it could be used for chemical and biological warfare purposes. He was also accused of structuring a series of bank deposits below $10,000 to evade reporting requirements under federal law. In December he pleaded guilty to charges he violated financial reporting requirements by depositing $277,344 at a bank, according to court documents. On Monday he rejected accusations against him as "unfair and false". (UNI)