Freed Americans reunited with family members
LANDSTUHL, Germany: Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post
reporter freed Saturday after almost 18 months of incarceration in an Iranian
prison, met with Post editors Monday for the first time since his release and
said he was “feeling good” physically as he recovers in a U.S. military
The Washington Post’s executive editor, Martin Baron,
and foreign editor, Douglas Jehl, said Rezaian “looked good” during their
two-hour meeting in a conference room at Landstuhl Regional Medical Centre near
Ramstein Air Base.
Rezaian, 39, was flown out of Iran on Sunday along
with two other freed Iranian Americans as part of a prisoner deal with Iran
linked to the implementation of a landmark nuclear agreement.
Baron and Jehl said Monday evening that the
face-to-face meeting so soon after Rezaian’s release from Tehran’s notorious
Evin Prison was an encouraging sign. Doctors and psychiatrists at the hospital
are still assessing his health, and the recovery process in similar cases has
taken months or years.
“I want people
to know that physically, I’m feeling good,” said Rezaian, wearing a gray hooded
sweatshirt and blue jeans provided to him aboard the Swiss plane that flew the
men to freedom. “I know people are eager to hear from me, but I want to process
this for some time.’’
Also released in the deal were former Marine Amir
Hekmati, 32, of Flint, Mich., and Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, 35, of Boise,
Idaho. Accompanying Rezaian on the flight were his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, an
Iranian, and his mother, Mary Rezaian. A fourth Iranian American released as
part of the arrangement, Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari, opted to remain in
Iran. An American student who was freed separately, Matthew Trevithick, 30,
flew out Saturday on his own.
Abedini had been imprisoned since July 2012 for
organizing home churches. Hekmati spent more than four years behind bars on
spying charges following his arrest in August 2011 during a visit to see his
grandmother. (Courtesy: The Washington Post)