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Iran demands return of US "spy"

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Iran demands return of US "spy"


A lawyer says it is unlikely an American woman will return to Iran next month to face espionage charges.

Sarah Shourd was arrested along with two American men in 2009 and accused of spying.

The two men have been held in jail in Iran, but Shourd was released on bail of half-a-million dollars and flown to Oman, then back to the US. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal remain in custody in Tehran.

The next hearing is on May 11 and Iran’s foreign ministry has sent a subpoena to Shourd. But her lawyer said there is “not much” chance of her going.

Espionage can carry the death penalty in Iran.

The three were arrested while hiking in the mountains of Iraq and claim that if they did cross the border into Iran, it was by mistake.

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