US student accused of spying freed by Iran in prisoner swap

A US student accused of spying in Iran has been freed after more than three years as part of a prisoner swap.

Chinese-American Xiyue Wang is on his way home after being released in exchange for Iranian Massoud Soleimani.

The trade, made in Zurich, Switzerland, marks a rare diplomatic breakthrough between Tehran and Washington after months of tensions.

Mr Xiyue is being taken to Landstuhl in Germany where he will be examined by doctors before returning to the US.

Hua Qu attends a vigil for Xiyue Wang
Image:Hua Qu has said their ‘family is complete once again’ after news of her husband’s release

The Princeton University graduate student had been researching Persian history for his doctoral thesis in Iran in 2016 when he was arrested by the authorities.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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