Fem briter som ble bortført i Bagdad for ett år siden, er overført til Revolusjonsgarden i Iran, sier to uavhengige kilder til the Times.
The hostages were handed over to the Revolutionary Guards by their Iraqi kidnappers last November, the sources believe. One of the sources said they were being held in the western Iranian city of Hamadan.
If confirmed, the involvement of Revolutionary Guards would be seen as evidence that senior figures in the Iranian government had backed the decision to hold them in the country.
However, British officials said that while there had been rumours that the five were in Iran, they had seen no evidence to support the idea.
The hostages are said to be in good physical shape but spending much of their time in solitary confinement.
Iran ønsker å utveksle dem mot Qais al-Khazaali, som ledet operasjonen somm drepte fem amerikanske soldater i Karbala, men det er helt uaktuelt for USA.