Brother: Jason Rezaian's release brought "relief and joy"

Jan 18, 2016 2:28 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The brother of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian says his release from an Iranian prison has brought "indescribable relief and joy to our family."

Ali Rezaian, of Mill Valley, says in a statement Sunday his family is thankful to the Washington Post, the U.S. government, and "thousands of journalists and other people who brought awareness to Jason's plight." He says their support gave Jason's family the strength to keep fighting for his release.

Jason Rezaian, who was born in San Francisco and grew up in Marin County, is one of three Americans flying home Sunday. He had been detained since July 2014 when Iranian security forces raided his home and seized his wife and him.

He was convicted in closed proceedings last year after being charged with espionage and related allegations. The Post and the U.S. government have denied the accusations, as has Rezaian.

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