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Iran frees wife of detained Washington Post reporter

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian's wife has been freed from an Iranian prison after being detained for unclear reasons in July while Rezaian, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, remains in custody.

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JC Finley
Jason Rezaian, Tehran correspondent for the Washington Post, has been detained by Iranian authorities since July 22, 2014. (Twitter)
Jason Rezaian, Tehran correspondent for the Washington Post, has been detained by Iranian authorities since July 22, 2014. (Twitter)

TEHRAN, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Iranian officials have freed the wife of detained Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian after two-and-a-half months in prison. Rezaian remains in custody.

Yeganeh Salehi, an Iranian citizen and writer for the United Arab Emirates newspaper the National, was granted bail last week.

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Rezaian's brother, Ali, wrote in an email shared by the The Washington Post that despite their ordeal, Salehi said she and her husband are both "physically healthy."

According to Salehi's employer, she is no longer accredited as a journalist in Iran since her release and neither she nor her husband will be discussing their detention.

Washington Post foreign editor Douglas Jehl reiterated the newspaper's call for Iran to release its bureau chief in Tehran.

"We're relieved that Yeganeh Salehi is home with her family in Tehran after more than 10 weeks in government detention... But Jason Rezaian, The Post's Tehran correspondent, is still being held without explanation, as he has been since July 22. It is long past time for the Iranian authorities to release Jason and to permit him and Yegi to leave the country."

Rezaian, 38, a dual U.S. and Iranian citizen, has worked for the Post since 2012. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has repeatedly asked the Iranian government to release him and several other Americans in detention.

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Salehi and Rezaian were among four journalists detained in July. The other two, a photojournalist and her husband, were freed in August.

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