Bernard Phelan ‘on his way home to his family’ after being released from Iranian prison

Phelan (64) has dual French and Irish nationality and was travelling in Iran as a tourism consultant on his French passport at the time of his imprisonment last October

Bernard Phelan has hypertensive heart disease and chronic bone and eyesight issues but Iranian authorities had refused to release him on humanitarian grounds.

Bernard Phelan has been released from prison in Iran where he had been sentenced to six and half years in jail.

In a tweet, the Iranian embassy in Dublin said: “Constructive diplomatic engagement between Iran and Ireland has resulted in pardoning and releasing of the Irish citizen, Bernard Phelan, on consular and humanitarian grounds.”

Confirming his release, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin said Phelan “is now on his way home to his ...