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Ukraine, Iran exchange prisoners

A Ukrainian sailor was exchanged for an Iranian spy.

Ukraine, Iran exchange prisoners
Andriy Novichkov
Photo: Ukrinform

President Petro Poroshenko has pardoned Iranian national Ali Jadueya (?) to enable his exchange for Ukrainian sailor Andriy Novichkov held in Iran, Deputy Foreign Minister Serhiy Kyslytsya said a news conference in Kyiv Boryspil Airport.

The Iranian man, a graduate student from a Kharkiv university, was sentenced to 11 years in prison in June 2018 after he attempted to buy highly confidential information.

Novichkov detained in Iran in February 2017 on suspicion of killing a sailor. He never pleaded guilty. According to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, he was not implicated in the crime.

The sailor returned to Ukraine in the early hours of 10 January and plans to return to his hometown of Odesa.

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