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American Hikers Freed From Iranian Prison

By KBJR News 1

American Hikers Freed From Iranian Prison

September 21, 2011 Updated Sep 23, 2011 at 7:18 AM CDT

After spending two years in an Iranian prison, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal are now free.

The lawyer for two Americans jailed as spies in Iran says a $1 million bail-for-freedom deal was approved by the courts, clearing the way for the release of the men after more than two years in custody.

The Iranian attorney for the two, Masoud Shafiei, said he planned to go to Tehran's Evin prison to begin the procedure for the release of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, both 29, Wednesday.

"The case is over," Shafiei said. "The court has ordered that they be freed on bail."

Earlier, Shafiei told Reuters that he had obtained the "necessary signatures from judiciary officials for their release."

At 6:15 a.m. ET, Reuters reported that a Swiss Embassy convoy had been spotted at the prison where the men were being held.

The Swiss diplomatic mission has represented U.S. interests in Iran since Washington cut off diplomatic relations with Tehran shortly after its 1979 Islamic Revolution.

State-run Press TV reported that Iran's judiciary confirmed that Bauer and Fattal had been released.

Written for the Web by: Courtney Godfrey
cgodfrey@northlandsnewscenter.com


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