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Imprisoned Mid-Michigan Native Amir Hekmati Freed

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A source close to Iran's judiciary has told The Associated Press that four Iranian-Americans have been freed from prison in Iran: Washington Post bureau chief Jason Rezaian as well as Mid-Michigan native Amir Hekmati and two others; Saeed Abedini and Siamak Namazi.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said the four were freed Saturday in exchange for the release of seven Iranians held in U.S. prisons. He didn't name the Iranians but said the seven have already arrived in Tehran.

Congressman Dan Kildee spoke about Hekmati's release at a press conference on Jan. 17. Shortly after, he flew to Germany with Hekmati's family to bring him home.

The Hekmati family is paying for their own travel to and from Europe, according to Kildee's office.

The news of Hekmati's return home has other people speaking out as well.

"This is such great news for Amir Hekmati and his family. Our thanks goes out to President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Congressman Dan Kildee for their vigilence, as well as the thousands of people across the country and world who spoke out and would not led these Americans be forgotten," Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich said.

Mott Community College, where Amir Hekmati's father worked as a professor, also released a statement.

"To say that the campus community is overjoyed is an understatement," said MCC President Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea. "Many faculty and staff members have supported the Hekmati family during these difficult four years, and we are truly thankful that Amir has been released."

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