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US woman accused of spying leaves Iran

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US woman accused of spying leaves Iran


Iran has released a US woman who was accused of spying alongside two male companions.

In May, all three Americans were briefly allowed to meet their mothers at a hotel in Tehran. But while Sarah Shourd has now left Iran on bail after more than a year in detention, Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer will remain in jail.

The three say they were on a mountain hike in northern Iraq in July last year when they inadvertently crossed the border and were arrested.
The Islamic Republic suspects them of spying, something Washington denies.

Iran demanded the equivalent of nearly 400,000 euros bail to secure Shourd’s release. The prosecutor says that money has been paid.

Shourd’s family say she is suffering from serious health problems including precancerous cervical cells. As she left Iran bound for Oman, the trial date for the compatriots she has left behind has not yet been fixed.

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