After two years of being incarcerated in Iran, former Navy Sailor Michael White was released on Thursday after the United States deported Sirous Asgari, an Iranian scientist who was acquitted last year on charges of trying to steal trade secrets. Asgari was being held in an ICE facility. 

The U.S. also terminated a case in Florida against an Iranian-American doctor, Majid Taheri, who was accused of violating trade sanctions. Taheri served 16 months in a detainment facility and was sentenced on Thursday to time served. 

White’s mother called the entire experience a living nightmare. “For the past 683 days my son, Michael, has been held hostage in Iran by the IRGC [Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps] and I have been living a nightmare,” said Joanne White.

“I am blessed to announce that the nightmare is over, and my son is safely in American custody and on his way home,” she said, thanking President Trump and the State Department for working to get her son released.