Hingham man released in Iran travels back to Boston

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BOSTON  A Massachusetts man who had been detained in an Iranian prison for 40 days and released Saturday has returned home.

Family greeted 30-year-old Matthew Trevithick early Sunday evening when he landed at Boston’s Logan Airport. He is from Hingham, about 17 miles southeast of Boston.

Iranian officials released Trevithick separately from a group that included Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and three other Iranian-Americans as leaders in Tehran and world powers implement a landmark deal reached last year to curb Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions. The four Iranian-Americans were part of a prisoner swap with Iran.

Rezian and two others, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati and pastor Saeed Abedini, were flown from Iran to Geneva in a Swiss military jet and then went on to Germany, where they were to be treated at a U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, near the U.S. air base in Ramstein.

Trevithick had traveled to Iran in September for a language program at an institute associated with Tehran University. It is unknown why he was held in Evin Prison for more than a month.

Trevithick is the co-founder of SREO, a humanitarian crisis research center.

His family previously said they were “profoundly grateful” for his release.