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U.S. Hikers held For Two Years To Be Freed By Iran

U.S. hikers held for two years may soon be freed by Iran, their President says, but court officials disagree.

U.S. hikers held for two years may soon be freed by Iran, their President says, but court officials disagree.

On Tuesday it was announced that the two Americans who have been held in jail in Iran for two years are to be allowed to go free, once the bail of $500,000 is paid for each of them.  According to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal who are now both 29, could be released in just a few days, although they had been sentenced to eight years in jail for spying and crossing the border illegally.

The two friends were hiking back in 2009 along with Sarah Shourd when they strayed across an unmarked border between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan, and were arrested by security officers from Iran. The three were jailed, but Shourd was released in September of last year because of health issues, once the sum of $500,000 had been paid. Shourd and Bauer became engaged while they were in the jail.

The families of the men have no confirmed details of their release, but expressed great relief that their ordeal will soon be over.

The Iranian President is scheduled to visit the United Nations next week when they meet in New York, and the release of the two men is seen as a way to reduce the tensions between the two countries.

However, by Wednesday, there was doubt about the pairs release, as court officials say that a release on bail is still under review by their judiciary system.

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