Xiyue Wang, 38, an American graduate student who was held in an Iranian prison for more than three years was released Saturday after a prisoner swap between the U.S and Iran.
He was released in Switzerland in exchange for Iranian citizen Massoud Soleimani, who was being held in an Atlanta jail for being accused of violating U.S. sanctions.
Wang is a Chinese-born naturalized American citizen and a student of history at Princeton University. He was arrested in August 2016 while doing research on Iran’s Qajar dynasty for his Ph.D., according to the university.
He was convicted of two counts of espionage in April 2017 and sentenced to ten years in prison. He had been held in a Tehran prison that holds political prisoners. The state department said that Wang was not working with any U.S. government agency.
Wang was flown from Tehran to Zurich. He will be evaluated at a local medical center before going home.