Former US Navy chief Michael White, detained in Iran since 2018, has been released and is on his way home, his family said in a statement released on Thursday, June 4. This release comes the day after the return to Iran by an Iranian scientist released by the United States.
A former US soldier, Michael White, was arrested in July 2018 in Iran, “on his way back” to the United States after being released by the Iranian authorities, his mother announced Thursday.
“For the past 683 days, my son, Michael, has been held hostage in Iran by revolutionary guards,” the ideological army of the Islamic Republic, “and I’ve had a nightmare.” Announce that nightmare is over, “Johanne White said in a statement .
US President Donald Trump confirmed the information, adding that Michael White is “on a Swiss plane that has just left the Iranian airspace” and will be back in the US “very soon”.
I can gladly announce that the Navy veteran, Michael White, who has been detained in Iran for 683 days, is on a Swiss plane that just left the Iranian airspace. We expect him to come home with his family in America soon ….
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2020
This release comes the day after an Iranian scientist who was released, Cyrus Asgari, was released by the US after nearly three years of internment for espionage.
The US authorities have not commented at this time and have not specified whether it was a prisoner exchange, as there was again at the end of 2019 between the two enemy countries without diplomatic ties.
Michael White was sentenced in March 2019 to ten years in prison for insulting the supreme wizard Ali Khamenei and posting personal photos on social networks, according to his lawyer.
In mid-March, he had been granted leave for “medical” and “humanitarian” reasons, but on condition that he did not leave the country and was entrusted with the Swiss Embassy in Tehran, which represents US interests in Iran. Washington continued to demand that he be released immediately.