Iran releases U.S. hiker Sarah Shourd on bail

September 14th, 2010 - 7:42 pm ICT by BNO News  

TEHRAN (BNO NEWS) — Iran on Tuesday released American hiker Sarah Shourd on bail from a prison in the capital of Tehran, state-run media reported.

Shourd, 32, was arrested in July 2009 along with American citizens Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal who were hiking in Iraq’s Kurdistan region when they crossed into Iran. Tehran accuses the hikers of entering the country illegally and having links to U.S. intelligence, a claim which their families deny.

An official with Iran’s Mission to the United Nations told BNO News late last week that the country would be releasing Shourd from Evin prison “very soon.” There was no official explanation as to why the release was taking place, but officials later unexpectedly canceled the planned release due to ‘unresolved legal issues.’

Later, Iranian officials decided that Shourd could be released on a $500,000 bail on medical concerns. However, the family said it was unable to pay the bail and the U.S. government said it could not pay for prisoner bail.

However, state run media on Tuesday reported that Shourd had been released from Evin prison after the bail had been paid. It was not immediately clear who paid the bail.

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