• June 13, 2024

Iranian Hostage Says Release Delayed While Waiting for Money Plane


Saeed AbediniSaeed Abedinie of the four hostages released from Iran back in January is saying that he and the other three hostages were kept in the airport for hours and hours.  He said the plane was there, the pilot was there but nothing was happening. in Iran and when he asked one of his captors why they hadn’t taken off yet, he was told they could not take off until another plane arrived.

“I just remember the night that we’d been in a[n] airport, just take hours and hours there. And I asked one of the…police that was with us, that, why are you not letting us to go to the…plane? And he told me we are waiting for another plane, and if that plane take off, then we’re going to let you go.”

“[T]hey told us you’re going to be there for 20 minutes. But it took like hours and hours. We slept at the airport, and when I asked them why you don’t let us go, because the plane was there, pilot was there, everyone was ready that we leave the country, they said we are waiting for another plane, and until that plane doesn’t come, we never let you go.”

Hostess Trish Regan asked:

“Were they effectively waiting for the money to come in before they then let you take off?”

Abedini answered:

“Yeah. They didn’t talk about money. They just told us about the — they told me about the plane. … So, the reason that they said you’re here in the airport is — was just because we are waiting for another plane.”

If I were the suspicious kind, hearing that the hostages were held up until a planeload of money arrived, I would think it was a ransom payoff.  Fortunately, I am not the suspicious kind.


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