IRAN: A Hostage Is Set Free

But Khomeini's decision may not help the other Americans

On the 250th day of captivity for the 53 American hostages in Iran, one of them unexpectedly found himself on the way to freedom. Last Thursday Radio Tehran broadcast the text of a message from the Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini to President Abolhassan Banisadr. "Considering the humane reasons that are seriously observed by Islam," decreed the Ayatullah, ailing Vice Consul Richard Queen, 28, "should be handed over to his parents so that they may provide treatment for him wherever they wish."

The announcement came as a surprise, even...

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