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Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi is pictured during one of his tours of duty in Afghanistan. (Credit: Family photo/MCT)

Two key members of Congress on Wednesday said they were confident a Marine reservist jailed in Mexico on weapons charges will be released so that he can return to the U.S. and receive treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

“I am confident a humanitarian release of Andrew will occur very soon,” Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) said at the beginning of a congressional hearing in Washington on the incarceration of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi.

Royce and Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) said they have discussed the Tahmooressi case with Mexican Atty. Gen. Jesus Murillo Karam.

Karam suggested he will order the charges dropped if Tahmooressi’s PTSD is confirmed by Mexican psychologists, the two congressmen told a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.

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