Release of Sgt. Tahmooressi

Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 1, 2014


We are pleased Mexican judicial authorities ordered Sgt. Tahmooressi released on October 31. He is now in the United States. Throughout Mr. Tahmooressi’s incarceration the Department of State provided consular assistance and followed his case very closely, communicating with him and family members constantly and facilitating many visits by U.S. officials, Members of Congress, and family members.

The efforts made by Sgt. Tahmooressi’s family, legal team, and supporters – private citizens as well as from the U.S. legislative and executive branches – to work through the Mexican legal process to resolve this issue have allowed Sgt. Tahmooressi to receive required medical care.

We are grateful for the excellent cooperation we received from Mexican authorities, who provided prompt and continued consular access, visitations, and regular accommodation of multiple requests made by the U.S. Government and defense team on behalf of Mr. Tahmooressi.