U.S. Navy vet freed from Iran after nearly 2 years in custody

He was recently released from prison on medical furlough due to the coronavirus but was required to stay in the country.In a statement on Thursday, Joanne White, his mother, thanked the State Department and Swiss diplomats representing U.S. prison and returned to the Islamic republic. First published on June 4, 2020 / 11:15 AM Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who has negotiated the release of Americans held abroad for years, implored Iranian authorities at the time to allow White to return to the U.S. 

Iran has granted a medical furlough to Michael White, a U.S. special representative for Iran, would be accompanying him on his flight home. Joanne White told CBS News last September she was “really worried he’ll die over there.” In March, White was among thousands of prisoners who were granted medical furlough and released from prison to stem the spread of the coronavirus, which ravaged the country. custody, and that Brian Hook, the U.S. interests in Iran for helping to secure her son’s return home, saying she owes them “a debt I can never repay.”
“For the past 683 days my son, Michael, has been held hostage in Iran by the IRGC and I have been living a nightmare,” Joanne White said. Sirous Asgari was accused of stealing trade secrets and deported on Tuesday, the country’s foreign minister said.Margaret Brennan, Christina Ruffini and Tucker Reals contributed reporting. White’s return to the U.S. “I am blessed to announce that the nightmare is over, and my son is safely on his way home.”White’s family has maintained his innocence and raised concerns about his failing health during his detention, including a cancer scare. officials said Thursday. Navy vet freed from Iran after nearly 2 years in custody

By Stefan Becket

June 4, 2020 / 2:48 PM
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Michael White’s mother fears for his health

Washington — A U.S. He was released into the custody of the Swiss Embassy. He was sentenced to at least 10 years in prison in March 2019 on charges that he had  insulted Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and posted a private photo on social media. officials told CBS News that Swiss officials were working to return White to U.S. Michael White was imprisoned by Iranian authorities in July 2018 when he traveled to the country to visit his Iranian girlfriend. Michael White’s family

On Thursday, U.S. comes days after an Iranian scientist was freed from a U.S. U.S. Navy veteran who was detained in Iran for nearly two years is returning to the U.S., his mother and U.S. Navy veteran who has been imprisoned in Iran for more than a year.