Amir Hekmati, who served in the United States Marine Corps from 2001-2005 has been a prisoner of Iran since 2011 after being arrested on allegations of spying for the CIA.

Hekmati was visiting relatives in Iran when he was arrested. Ultimately, Hekmati was sentenced to death for espionage, however, the death sentence was ultimately overturned on appeal.

Hekmati had been awaiting the results of his new trial when a breakthrough deal was announced earlier today between the Iranian and United States governments.

Under the deal, the US would release seven Iranians, most of whom also hold US citizenship, in exchange for four US citizens being released by Iran.

Among those being released by Iran is Hekmati.

According to the Military Times:

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, pastor Saeed Abedini and Nosratollah Khosravi, whose name had not been previously made public, were to be flown from Iran to Switzerland aboard a Swiss aircraft and then transported to a U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, for medical treatment, U.S. officials said.

Rezaian’s wife and mother were expected to be on the plane.

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