WASHINGTON, D.C. - Five Americans unjustly detained by Iran are finally coming home. In return, seven Iranians in American jails have been granted clemency and freed, including two in Houston.
Bahram Mechanic has been in jail in Houston for nine months, charged with shipping about $24-million worth of technology to his company in Iran.
"He's innocent of the crime, it was unfair of the government to charge him to begin with," said Joel Androphy, Mechanic's Houston attorney.
"He's never been convicted of a crime, he's one of the few people to get a pardon for charges pending against him," said Androphy.
On Sunday, President Obama spoke about the swap and the nuclear deal brokered with Iran.
"Iran will not get its hands on a nuclear bomb," said President Obama. The president said Iran has reduced the materials needed to make nuclear bombs by 98 percent. Plus inspectors are stationed throughout Iran to make sure they stay nuke free.
He also announced new, limited sanctions on some Iranians and companies for violating United Nations resolutions against ballistic missile tests.