Iran’s state news agency reports that the two Americans freed from a Tehran prison after more than two years in custody have been flown out of Iran.
The report by IRNA today did not say where they were headed. But they are expected to be taken first to the Gulf state of Oman, as they make their way back to the United States.
The two men, both 29, were driven out of the prison compound just minutes after their Iranian attorney, Masoud Shafiei, said he has completed the paperwork for their release.
The two men were arrested along the Iran-Iraq border in July 2009 and sentenced last month to eight years each in prison. A third American arrested with them, Sarah Shourd, was freed last year on bail.
The London-based rights group Amnesty International called the release of the Americans a “long overdue step.”
The three Americans — friends from their days at the University of California at Berkeley — have maintained their innocence and denied the espionage charges against them.