Released Marine: My Training Helped Me Withstand 'Inhumane And Unjust' Iranian Prison

Released Marine: My Training Helped Me Withstand 'Inhumane And Unjust' Iranian Prison

Khosravi-Roodsari, the fourth American, opted to remain in Iran after his release.

Amid the joyful reunion with his family Monday in Germany, his first full day of freedom on friendly soil after 545 days in an Iranian prison, Jason Rezaian grabbed the baseball cap that came all the way from his Marin County home.

The Hekmati family and US Rep. Dan Kildee, meet with former Iran prisoner Amir Hekmati, second from right, at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

"We just felt an enormous pressure come off our shoulders and when we finally got on the plane, that's when we knew", Hekmati said. "Hearing about some of my fellow Marines supporting me really gave me the strength to put up with - over four years - some very hard times".

"I want people to know that physically, I'm feeling good", he said.

Hekmati said the Swiss served up chocolates and veal on the flight.

Iran detained Rezaian in 2014, eventually charging him with espionage and other crimes, according to The Washington Post. US officials have said they are not sure if he is still alive. Hekmati and his family have insisted that he had traveled to Iran to visit his grandmother.

While noting the "grace and dignity" Hekmati, 32, carries himself with even after the ordeal, U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, added that "anyone who meets him would recognize this is a person coming out of something that's really hard".

But he noted that all were kept in prison cells for years and Hekmati had been given a death sentence, Abedini a decade, and Rezaian's potential fate was being decided.

Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron and Foreign Editor Douglas Jehl said Rezaian "looked good" during their two-hour meeting in a conference room at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center near the Ramstein Air Base. Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine, had been in captivity for several years after the Iranian government accused him of being a spy. During the administration of President Ronald Reagan, while Iran agreed to free American hostages in exchange for arms shipments, the moment the regime received the final weapons delivery, Iran-backed kidnappers seized three more Americans in Lebanon.

Hekmati suffered from health problems, including weight loss and breathing difficulties, according to his family.

Rezaian said he spent most of his time in the custody of Iran's Revolutionary Guard - the military force tied to hardline religious leaders.

The deal that secured the eventual release of Rezaian, Abedini, Hekmati and two other US citizens also freed seven Iranians or dual Iranian-American citizen who were indicted or imprisoned in the USA for sanctions-related offenses, and bound the remove Interpol red notices for 14 Iranian nationals suspected of smuggling arms to the Islamic Republic.

"But there is a lot that I have to say about the experience and what happened, and I hope to bring that to the American people and the world".

The Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement: "Iran's missile program has not been designed for carrying nuclear weapons at all, and therefore it doesn't violate any global rule".

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