Four out of five released American prisoners still inside Iran

In this June 2, 2015 file photo, Naghmeh Abedini holds a necklace with a photograph of her husband, Saeed Abedini, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (File photo: AP)

Four Americans released as part of a prisoner swap with Iran are still inside the country, a senior U.S. official said Saturday.

"As of our latest information, the plane has not departed Iran," the official said. "Having concluded this agreement, there were a number of logistical steps that have to take place."

"We expect those to be completed as soon as possible."

Four Americans - Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian; Saeed Abedini, a Christian pastor from Idaho; Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine; and a fourth man named Nosratollah Khosravi - are to be released in exchange for seven Iranians currently held in the United States.

"The fifth U.S. citizen who was released, as a separate but clearly associated good will gesture from Iran, Matthew Trevithick, he has already departed Iran," the official said.

Trevithick had been detained for 40 days at Evin Prison in Tehran, according to a statement from his family released to the U.S. Institute of Peace.

He had travelled to the country to take part in an intensive language course.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 13:57 - GMT 10:57