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DUBAI, July 30 An Iranian-American man detained
along with three journalists in Iran last week has been
released, a source close to one of those being held said on
The United States has called for their release and a senior
U.S. official said Washington was using "all appropriate
channels" to make its concerns known to Iran.
"They were treated with respect, given food and water," said
the source, adding that the man, who is the husband of one of
the three detained journalists, was not tortured. Their names
are being withheld at the request of the couple's relatives.
Still in detention along with the freed man's wife, who is
an Iranian-American photographer, are Jason Rezaian, 38, an
Iranian-American and Tehran correspondent for the Washington
Post, and his wife Yeganeh Salehi, a correspondent for the
United Arab Emirates-based newspaper The National.
The four were arrested in Tehran last Tuesday.
During a raid on the home of Rezaian and Salehi, security
forces "ransacked their house and confiscated their personal
items, including computers, books, and notes," according to the
International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, a New
York-based human rights organisation.
"We are very worried about them ... haven't heard from them
in eight days," Fatemeh Talaee, the mother of Salehi, told
Reuters. "We have the right to know where they are and why they
were detained," she said, speaking by phone from Tehran.
In a video message posted on the Washington Post's website
on Tuesday, Mary Rezaian, Rezaian's mother, expressed worry that
her son, who suffers from high blood pressure, does not have
access to his regular medication.
Iran confirmed the arrests on Friday and said they were
investigating but has not made any announcements since.
Iran does not recognise dual citizenship. Two of the three
in detention are dual nationals. There are 35 journalists in
prison in Iran, according to the Committee to Protect
(Reporting By Michelle Moghtader; Editing by William Maclean,
Raissa Kasolowsky and Kevin Liffey)