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Jailed U.S. Hikers Released On Bail From Iran

Shane Bauer, left, and Josh Fattal have been released from jail in Iran and flown to Oman after spending over two years in jail.

Shane Bauer, left, and Josh Fattal have been released from jail in Iran and flown to Oman after spending over two years in jail.

On 21 September 2011, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal the hikers who said they accidentally strayed into Iran, were released from jail on bail which was reportedly set at $500,000 for each man. The men were arrested in July 2009 having crossed from Iraq into Iran and were sentenced to eight years in jail earlier this year after they were found guilty of espionage and illegal entry into the country.

A third hiker, Sarah Shourd, who is 32, was released last year on medical grounds, after bail of a similar amount was set. After the men’s attorney, Masoud Shafiei completed the paperwork for their release, the men, both 29 years old, were taken to Tehran airport, where they were flown to the Omani capital of Muscat.

The families of the hikers released a statement saying that “Today can only be described as the best day of our lives. We have waited for nearly 26 months for this moment and the joy and relief we feel at Shane and Josh’s long-awaited freedom knows no bounds. We now all want nothing more than to wrap Shane and Josh in our arms, catch up on two lost years and make a new beginning, for them and for all of us.”

The release of the two men comes just the day before the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is scheduled to attend a meeting in New York of the United Nations general Assembly.

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