TEHRAN, Iran (AP) —
Iranian state TV said late Friday that authorities released a jailed French researcher detained in Tehran for more than eight months on charges of violating state security laws, in an apparent prisoner swap for an Iranian held in France.
The report said Roland Marchal was turned over to the French Embassy in Tehran, hours after French authorities released Jalal Ruhollahnejad. The state TV report did not provide further details, but included an undated photo showing Ruhollahnejad apparently on board an aircraft.
The French Foreign Ministry and the French university Marchal was associated with did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday.
The Iranian report said French authorities had planned to deliver Ruhollahnejad to the U.S. for his alleged role in violating U.S. sanctions