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Free at last: Jailed American hiker leaves Iran

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Free at last: Jailed American hiker leaves Iran

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The American woman freed from jail in Iran has enjoyed an emotional reunion with her family.
Sarah Shourd was met by her mother and uncle when she arrived in Oman; Iran said she was released on bail of half a million dollars, although it’s unclear if any money was paid, and by whom.

Shourd and two friends were arrested and accused of spying last year after apparently straying over the border when hiking in northern Iraq.

“All of my efforts, starting today, are going into helping procure the same freedom for my fiance Shane Bauer and my friend Josh Fattal because I can’t enjoy my freedom without them,” she said. “They should be standing here with me, they don’t deserve to be in prison a minute longer than I do.”

Under Iran’s Islamic law, espionage can carry the death sentence. The three deny they are spies. The affair has further strained relations between Washington and Tehran, which were already fraught over Iran’s nuclear ambitions.