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Breaking News: US Hikers freed from Iran prison

The two Americans who were detained for spying over two years ago after straying into Iran during a hike were released from a Tehran prison today.  There attorney, Masoud Shafiei said that he had obtained the “necessary signatures from judiciary officials for their release.”  Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, both 29, were handed over to the Swiss Embassy and were headed to the airport.  It is suspected that the pair will be flown to Oman and then will return to the United States from there.  Bail of $500,000 was posted for each of them by an unknown source.

See the article on MSNBC here.


Two Hikers sentenced to 8 years last month for Spying and Illegally Entering Iran to be released

In an interview with Ann Curry of NBC News, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Iran plans to release the two hikers who were sentenced to 8 years in Iran prison for spying and illegally entering Iran.  Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were arrested in July of 2009, tried before an Irani Court, convicted and sentenced to 8 years for their alleged crimes.  As a condition of their release, a bail of $500,000 has been set by Iran and Bauer and Fattal will be released once the bail has been paid.  According to Ahmadinejad, their release should occur in “in a couple of days.”

The article on may be seen here.


American hikers sentenced to 8 years in prison for espionage and illegally entering Iran

Two American hikers, Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, both 28, have been sentenced to 8 years in prison by the Irani Revolutionary Court.  Specifically, they were sentenced to 5 years for espionage (cooperating with the American intelligence service) and three years for illegal entry into Iran.

The two, along with Sara Shourd, were arrested over two years ago while hiking in the scenic mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan.  Shourd was released due to health reasons in September of 2010.  She posted a $500,000 bond and has never returned to the Iran court.  All three are University of California Berkeley graduates.

The hiker’s attorney, Masoud Shafiee, said he had hoped the men would be freed as a goodwill gesture during the Islamic holy Month of Ramadan.  Shafiee went on to say, “”I believe that they are innocent of the charges.”

Fattal and Bauer have 20 days to appeal their sentence.