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October 8, 1991 | Associated Press
A telecommunications engineer jailed in Iran for five years on spying charges returned home Monday night after he was freed by Tehran. Jon Pattis, 54, got off the plane in Augusta, a few miles from his hometown of Aiken, S.C., and said that it felt "great" to be back. Pattis had earlier called his 79-year-old mother, Catherine, and his sister, Ellen, to tell them that he had been released. Pattis worked for Cosmos Engineers of Bethesda, Md., at Iran's main satellite ground station at Assadabad.
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October 8, 1991 | Associated Press
A telecommunications engineer jailed in Iran for five years on spying charges returned home Monday night after he was freed by Tehran. Jon Pattis, 54, got off the plane in Augusta, a few miles from his hometown of Aiken, S.C., and said that it felt "great" to be back. Pattis had earlier called his 79-year-old mother, Catherine, and his sister, Ellen, to tell them that he had been released. Pattis worked for Cosmos Engineers of Bethesda, Md., at Iran's main satellite ground station at Assadabad.
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April 23, 1987 | Associated Press
An Iranian court sentenced American engineer Jon Pattis to 10 years in prison on charges of spying for the CIA, the official Iranian news agency reported Wednesday. The Islamic Republic News Agency, monitored here, quoted "informed sources" for its report on the sentencing of the 50-year-old Pattis. It did not say when or where the trial took place. Pattis, an electronics specialist employed by Cosmos Engineers of Bethesda, Md.
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April 23, 1987 | Associated Press
An Iranian court sentenced American engineer Jon Pattis to 10 years in prison on charges of spying for the CIA, the official Iranian news agency reported Wednesday. The Islamic Republic News Agency, monitored here, quoted "informed sources" for its report on the sentencing of the 50-year-old Pattis. It did not say when or where the trial took place. Pattis, an electronics specialist employed by Cosmos Engineers of Bethesda, Md.
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August 8, 1986
Iran has arrested an American telecommunications engineer on spying charges. Jon Pattis, 49, of Aiken, S.C., is the first U.S. citizen to be accused of espionage by Iran since 1979, when the staff at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran was taken hostage. A State Department spokeswoman said the department is working with the Swiss government, which represents U.S. interests in Iran, in negotiating for Pattis' release. He reportedly had been working at Iran's telecommunications center at Assadabad.
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October 8, 1991 | Associated Press
In what could be another sign of diminished hostility toward the United States, Iran on Monday freed an American engineer imprisoned for almost five years on espionage charges. Jon Pattis, 54, was reportedly heading for the United States via Europe. U.S. officials declined further comment because he was released on the promise that publicity be kept to a minimum. His release appears to be part of an improving climate in U.S.
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August 10, 1986 | From Reuters
The sister of an American arrested in Iran for spying appealed Saturday to the Tehran government to free her brother and send him home. "My brother is not a well man," Ellen Pattis said of her brother, Jon Pattis, 49, a telecommunications engineer who was detained in Tehran on July 18. Pattis said her brother suffered from angina, a progressive chronic heart condition, and also from the effects of childhood polio.
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February 4, 1987 | Associated Press
Iran said today Wall Street Journal reporter Gerald F. Seib will be expelled Thursday, five days after he was arrested and accused of spying for Israel while visiting the country by government invitation. Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency quoted an Information Ministry official as saying the decision to free and expel the 30-year-old American came after "a judicial probe into his case ended."
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August 16, 1992 | CHRIS TORCHIA, ASSOCIATED PRESS
When he thinks of Aruba, Ron Bogue does not remember sunny beaches and blue Caribbean waters. For this American, Aruba brings to mind grimy jail cells, drug dealer inmates and the numbing boredom of captivity. "I would kill a roach and watch the ants come in and dismember him and carry him off," said Bogue, 43, a former Boston computer executive who was jailed for almost three months in 1989. "It would pass the whole day. You just find yourself having to occupy your mind."
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February 5, 1987 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, Times Staff Writer
Iran announced Wednesday that it will free Wall Street Journal reporter Gerald F. Seib "as soon as interrogations are complete" and permit him to leave the country today. Iran's official news organizations, Tehran radio and the Islamic Republic News Agency, said Seib will be expelled and will not be allowed to return. The State Department and the Wall Street Journal both said they have received no confirmation of the reports.
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February 7, 1987 | Associated Press
American reporter Gerald F. Seib, freed from captivity in Iran, hugged his wife in a joyful birthday celebration Friday and denied Iranian charges that he spied while there on an official press tour. "I am thrilled and thankful to be here," he said. "This happens to be my 31st birthday. And just being here is the best birthday present possible." He said he was not physically harmed during several days of custody in Iran.
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