American home after 40-day Iran prison ordeal

2016-01-18 19:08
Matthew Trevithick. (2013 File, AP)

Matthew Trevithick. (2013 File, AP)

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Washington - An American student released by Iran after 40 days in prison, has returned home to Massachusetts for an emotional reunion with his family, The Boston Globe reported on Monday.

Matthew Trevithick was freed on Saturday along with four Americans of Iranian descent, but left the country separately the same day via a commercial flight from Tehran, the report said.

The Globe said he arrived Sunday at Boston's Logan Airport and strode quickly to his mother, putting his arm around her shoulder before guiding her out the door.

Trevithick, 30, was studying Farsi at an institute in Tehran associated with Tehran University when he was picked up by Iranian authorities in early December, CBS reported.

His detention was not publicly acknowledged until his release, negotiated by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

His family had notified the State Department after they failed to hear from him in early December.

They received a phone call from him about half way through his imprisonment, which was made in the presence of a prison monitor, his mother Amelia Newcomb told the Globe.

The next time he called was after his release on Saturday.

"We're very excited. We were happy to hear Matt's voice today. We are thrilled he is out of Iran," Newcomb told CBS Boston before his arrival.

Three other Americans, including Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, left the country on Sunday on a flight to Geneva and were undergoing medical examinations at a US military hospital in Germany.

A fourth Iranian-American detainee, Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari, opted to remain in Iran.

The Iranian-Americans were exchanged for seven Iranians held by the United States, a deal that came together at the same time as the culmination of a parallel Iran nuclear deal.

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