Iran 'to release US hiker Sarah Shourd' on bail
12-Sep-2010 (2 comments)

The Iranian authorities are ready to release one of the three US hikers detained last year, state media report.
Tehran chief prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said Sarah Shourd, 32, would be freed on $500,000 (£325,000) bail.
Mr Jafari Dolatabadi had blocked a plan backed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to release her at the end of the month of Ramadan as a good-will gesture.
Ms Shourd and two men, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, were detained near Iran's border with Iraq on 31 July 2009.
Their families say they crossed a poorly-demarcated border by mistake.
Officials in Tehran said they had "suspicious aims" and that they intended to put them on trial for espionage. But they are still being held without charge more than a year later at Evin prison in Tehran.
US officials have said the three - all graduates of the University of California, Berkeley - are completely innocent.

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by yolanda on

Half million is a lot of money.......I guess IRI will use the ransom to offset the sanctions.

    I am not sure if this is a good news for the family! Lets see who will pay the bail, the family or some donors.


Pay the Ransom or the Hostage Dies!

by Faramarz on

This has been a hostage-taking operation all along.

Finally the Regime, after 14 months figured out the ransom amount; $500,000.

These IR characters give pimps a bad name!