Connecticut man and four others return to U.S. after Iranian detention
A Connecticut man and four fellow prisoners have returned to U.S. soil after being held in Iran.
Their plane touched down at Dulles International Airport in the Washington area before 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Iranian American environmentalist Morad Tahbaz, hailing from Weston, was joined with family and friends on U.S.
Tahbaz's family released a statement saying, "At this time we are focused on the reunion of our family, the physical and mental health of Morad and Vida, and the path to recovery of these lost years."
Tahbaz was accused of spying and wrongfully imprisoned in Iran for over five years. Gov. Ned Lamont was also commended for his role. Lamont says the president was faced with tough decisions and he made the right call.
"I would like to express my joy, appreciation and relief at being able to officially welcome Morad Tahbaz back home after six long and painful years," says First Selectwoman Samantha Nestor.
Iran released the five prisoners as part of a deal negotiated with the White House.
Nestor says when the time is right the town looks forward to honoring Tahbaz and the others who have returned home.